Nov 25,2020

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  A Detailed Map of Where Americans Are Staying Home for Thanksgiving.  Cares Act tax breaks for wealthy retirees, Mnuchin curbs on Fed and other business turkeys.  Defending champ Virginia enters season as one of college basketball’s blue bloods.  Covid live updates: CDC considers shortening self-quarantine period.  PM Update: Chilly again tonight, then some warming Wednesday.  Bid to hold another massive pro-gun rally in Virginia thwarted when gun-control advocates got permits first.  Which Trump official has coronavirus now? This reporter always seems to know first..  Opinion | Most schools should close and stay closed through winter.  Fox News opinion personalities say Trump lost.  Nearly 1 million Sunbeam Crock-Pots recalled for burn risks.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Amazon wins legal fight against eBay over alleged seller poaching.  Trump's 2018 Turkey Pardon Bizarrely Foreshadowed 2020 Election.  So You’re The Holiday Chef This Year: Here’s How To Make Easy, Delicious Dishes.  Democrats look to next DCCC chief to avert 2022 disaster.  Trump grants Biden access to presidential intel.  Married teachers in Georgia both get Covid-19, husband now on life support.  CDC to shorten length of quarantine for those exposed to Covid-19.  Married teachers in Georgia both get Covid-19, husband now on life support.  The show must go on(line): With Broadway dark, TikTok creates viral 'Ratatouille' musical.  FULL INTERVIEW: Sen. Cramer: POTUS 'ought to' continue legal challenges.  
A Detailed Map of Where Americans Are Staying Home for Thanksgiving
       
Public health officials have been pleading with Americans to stay home this year for Thanksgiving. Out of 635 public health experts, only around 21 percent of them planned to celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside their household. Public health officials are worried about Thanksgiving celebrations as coronavirus cases have reached record highs in many areas of the country. Last week, an array of federal and state health officials urged Americans to skip such plans and stay home for the holiday. There is some evidence that recent dire warnings from public health officials are influencing Americans’ holiday plans.
Cares Act tax breaks for wealthy retirees, Mnuchin curbs on Fed and other business turkeys
       
In addition to that serious stuff, I also get to have some journalistic fun by writing about the business turkeys of the year. As in, “Boy, was that deal a turkey!”I stick to business, financial and tax turkeys, because that’s the stuff I write about. I leave political turkeys, of which there’s certainly a bumper crop, to my Washington Post colleagues who write about politics. Whether it’s a political turkey — or a politically motivated turkey — is for others to say. There are numerous turkeys I haven’t gone into, such as Vanguard sending wrong information to clients about money market fund yields.
Defending champ Virginia enters season as one of college basketball’s blue bloods
       
4 Virginia into the conversation with other blue bloods, several analysts said, where the expectation is to regularly contend for the national title. AD“Not that you’re going to win one every year, because nobody does that,” said Jay Bilas, ESPN’s lead college basketball analyst. The Blue Devils subsequently advanced to the Final Four three more times before winning the school’s first national championship in 1991. 16 seed Maryland Baltimore County in the 2018 NCAA tournament left the Cavaliers seeking answers. Also on the national championship team was center Jay Huff, a projected starter this season who started 18 of 30 games in 2019-20.
Covid live updates: CDC considers shortening self-quarantine period
       
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is calling for Italians not to ski over next month’s Christmas holidays — and requesting neighboring European countries to agree upon shared ski rules — as Europe grapples with its latest surge in coronavirus cases. Italy cannot plan “to allow holidays on the snow,” Conte said. The country’s ski resorts typically rake in several billion dollars in the days around Christmas and New Year’s alone, Reuters reported. But in his comments late Monday, Conte seemed reluctant to accept that restrictions would do enough to slow the spread of the virus. “The protocol is one thing, but everything that revolves around holidays on the snow is uncontrollable,” Conte told Italy’s La7 television station.
PM Update: Chilly again tonight, then some warming Wednesday
       
Through tonight: We’ll see a fair amount of high-level cloudiness this evening and overnight. ADView the current weather at The Washington Post. Tomorrow (Wednesday): It may end up cloudier than not on the whole, but periods of sunshine are also a good bet. Before any of that rain risk, highs are in the mid- and upper 50s. The current model consensus is for mid- and upper 60s.
Bid to hold another massive pro-gun rally in Virginia thwarted when gun-control advocates got permits first
       
“DGS does not base any permitting decisions on content or the applicant, ever,” spokeswoman Dena Potter said. In calling state officials to cancel, Haas said, she simply asked to grab a spot next year instead. The rally filled downtown Richmond with armed groups, and police were on high alert because several lawmakers had received threats of violence. Gun control has a much lower profile heading into next year’s session, which is sure to be dominated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “I think [Democrats] were embarrassed by the turnout” at January’s gun rally, he said.
Which Trump official has coronavirus now? This reporter always seems to know first.
       
“Jennifer Jacobs owns the White House covid beat,” said ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. “She seems to know the test results of the president’s inner circle before just about anybody else on the White House staff knows. ADIn late October, Jacobs and fellow Bloomberg News reporter Tyler Pager broke the news that one of Pence’s closest political advisers, Marty Obst, had tested positive. Gen. Anthony Tata, had tested positive and was “likely infected” by visiting officials from the Lithuanian Embassy. AD“This is information the White House should have been disclosing, when people around the president test positive and people who spend time around reporters test positive,” Karl said.
Opinion | Most schools should close and stay closed through winter
       
Those who say schools should remain open point out that bars and restaurants have led to far more documented infections than schools. Being told that school transmission isn’t the main driver of community spread is hardly reassuring when you’re the one shouldering the individual risk. ADWhy haven’t there been more cases in schools if many schools haven’t implemented all those safety measures? Without a national mandate for regular testing and trusted reporting, we simply won’t have evidence that there isn’t greater transmission in schools. Instead of schools closing only when there are proven outbreaks, schools must prove they’re safe before they can open.
Fox News opinion personalities say Trump lost
       
Fox News opinion personalities say Trump lostMore than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Fox News opinion hosts have started to acknowledge Biden’s win.
Nearly 1 million Sunbeam Crock-Pots recalled for burn risks
       
New York (CNN Business) Sunbeam Products is voluntarily recalling more than 900,000 of its Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers for a potential burn hazard. "the recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked." Which they say, "can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product." The problem, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is"the recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked." Walmart WMT Target TGT Amazon AMZN The recall includes roughly 914,410 units in the United States and 28,330 in Canada.
Amazon wins legal fight against eBay over alleged seller poaching
       
(CNN Business) Amazon secured a major legal victory in its fight with rival eBay over seller poaching, with an arbitration panel ruling in its favor earlier this month, according to court filings by the company on Tuesday. The arbitration panel appointed by both courts found that while eBay proved claims of a breach, the company "did not prove it suffered damages as a result." The panel denied all of eBay's claims against Amazon, according to the filings. Amazon declined to comment on the arbitration rulings. eBay did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump's 2018 Turkey Pardon Bizarrely Foreshadowed 2020 Election
       
As coincidences go, this one is pretty bird-brained. Some people who’ve witnessed President Donald Trump’s recent unwillingness to concede the election to Joe Biden are seeing parallels to Trump’s 2018 turkey pardon. Two Thanksgivings ago, the president pardoned a turkey named “Carrots” who had lost “a fair and open election” in the form of a White House poll over which of two turkeys should be spared, according to Snopes. But while “Carrots” lost the election to “Peas,” Trump claimed the turkey “refused to concede and demanded a recount.”The president then claimed that even though the recount did not change the vote, he was going to pardon both birds.
So You’re The Holiday Chef This Year: Here’s How To Make Easy, Delicious Dishes
       
Where once you might have just contributed a dish, now you might be the holiday chef for the first time ever. So, how can you make the holiday hosting process easy and low effort, while still impressing and satisfying all your guests? With a Walmart+ membership, which includes free unlimited delivery* from stores, mobile scan & go and member prices on fuel, not a precious minute is wasted. Read on for more expert tips and tricks to help you ace your role as a first-time holiday chef. “Chances are, some items may need to be secured, especially if you’re new to holiday hosting,” Hendrickson says.
Democrats look to next DCCC chief to avert 2022 disaster
       
“I don’t think a one-size-fits-all message works for the Democratic Party,” said Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.), a frontliner who supports Cárdenas. So far, more of these so-called frontline Democrats have backed Maloney, citing his ability to win in a tough Trump district. Some centrists, like Wild, say Cárdenas could help DCCC with its deep struggles to win over Latino voters. Besides the moderates, the new DCCC chief will also be tasked with mending a shaky relationship between the committee and prominent progressives. It’s dangerous actually, in some ways, to try to be a really popular DCCC chair,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.).
Trump grants Biden access to presidential intel
       
President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted Joe Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings, according to two White House officials, after stonewalling the information amid his ongoing resistance to the transition of power. The President’s Daily Brief, a summary of high-level national security intelligence, is routinely shared with the president-elect to prepare him for his move into the White House. But until Tuesday, Trump had refused to loop Biden into the briefs as he challenged the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Officials are still working out the coordination, but the briefings for Biden are likely to start early next week, one official added. Trump’s acquiescence comes only a day after the General Services Administration formally acknowledged Biden as the apparent winner of the election, allowing the former vice president’s team to go ahead with the transition.
Married teachers in Georgia both get Covid-19, husband now on life support
       
SEE NEW POSTSMarried teachers in Georgia both get Covid-19, husband now on life support Husband and wife teachers in Georgia both contracted the coronavirus — and one of them is now on life support, according to NBC affiliate WXIA. Priscella Key and Patrick Key both teach in Cobb County public schools and tested positive a week ago. Key said that while her husband's condition is stable, he is being sedated and is "far from out of the woods." “Even though we have 50 million, or upwards of 40 to 50 million [tests] per month, we don’t have 150 million or 200 million per month,” Giroir said Tuesday in a call with reporters. John Bel Edwards said the state would be pulling back some of its reopening measures to try to stem the recent surge of Covid-19 cases.
CDC to shorten length of quarantine for those exposed to Covid-19
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing plans to shorten the recommended length of quarantine for those exposed to Covid-19. The CDC currently recommends that individuals quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to people with the coronavirus. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said during an October briefing that the agency was considering shortening the length of quarantine by up to a week. The agency advised international travelers to "get tested three to five days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel." Follow NBC HEALTH on Twitter & Facebook.
Married teachers in Georgia both get Covid-19, husband now on life support
       
Husband and wife teachers in Georgia both contracted the coronavirus — and one of them is now on life support, according to NBC affiliate WXIA. Priscella Key and Patrick Key both teach in Cobb County public schools and tested positive a week ago. Priscella Key told WXIA that she is recovering at home, but Patrick Key, 52, is on a ventilator in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Each time has been a gift," Key told WXIA in an email. "He truly cares about people and it is so very heartwarming to see that people truly care about him," she added.
The show must go on(line): With Broadway dark, TikTok creates viral 'Ratatouille' musical
       
Several months after Jacobsen’s video was posted, remixes of the song produced in the style of a Broadway musical began to appear on TikTok. Users, imagining what a “Ratatouille” musical would look and sound like, began to compose and upload their own original songs. TikTok users who are also musical fanatics say creating a “Ratatouille” musical has helped them cope with the absence of live theater in their lives. After uploading the video in October, which would go on to be viewed more than 1.5 million times, the “Ratatouille” musical trend exploded. Christian has been a prolific composer for the TikTok “Ratatouille” musical, imagining songs for characters like Chef Gusteau, the revered restaurateur, and Anton Ego, the food critic.
FULL INTERVIEW: Sen. Cramer: POTUS 'ought to' continue legal challenges
       
Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joins Hallie Jackson and urges President Trump to continue his legal fight, as the transition to a Biden administration officially begins.
With Broadway dark due to pandemic, TikTok creates viral 'Ratatouille' musical
       
The song also unexpectedly gave way to a trend that has given theater lovers a creative outlet to cope with the loss of Broadway amid the coronavirus pandemic. Priscella Key and Patrick Key both teach in Cobb County public schools and tested positive a week ago. Key said that while her husband's condition is stable, he is being sedated and is "far from out of the woods." The state currently has more than 1,000 people hospitalized and has seen more than 211,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. "We will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic, including public health guidance and state regulations."
Fmr. Obama WH Press Secretary talks Biden cabinet: They underscored 'truth telling,' 'science'
       
Robert Gibbs, who was White House Press Secretary for President Obama, and Kori Schake, who served in numerous positions under President George W. Bush, including on his National Security Council and at the State Department, join Katy Tur to discuss Joe Biden’s newly selected cabinet picks.
Presidential Transition Live Updates: President-Elect Biden Announces Cabinet Picks
       
ET Presidential Transition Live Updates: President-Elect Biden Announces Cabinet Picks President-elect Joe Biden introduced his nominees for key foreign policy and national security roles as the transition process officially began. Mr. Biden said the selection of Mr. Kerry would signal to world leaders that the issue was a priority. Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took no questions from the press. finally issued the ascertainment on Monday, clearing the way for Mr. Biden to start officially announcing his nominations. It is not clear when Mr. Biden will receive his first classified national security briefing as president-elect.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Thanksgiving Travel Drops as Americans Rethink Rituals
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Thanksgiving Travel Drops as Americans Rethink Rituals The leader of France says the country is past the peak of the second wave. Gary Herbert partly relaxed the state’s restrictions on casual private gatherings this week for the holiday. Federal health officials have said the first Americans will start getting vaccinated within 24 hours of an authorization being issued. Thousands attended an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Nov. 8 that flouted health restrictions intended to stop the spread of the virus. The country has recorded a total of 5,200 coronavirus cases, according to a New York Times database.
Opinion | ‘Never Think That You’re Not Supposed to Be There’
       
Never think that you’re not supposed to be there. So I said well, I’m going to pretend to be an employment agency and call around to get a job. And I don’t think I made more than five calls, and the phone rang, and it was the A Cleaners, and they said they needed a presser. “Green Book.” [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING] What do you think your biggest challenge is today? [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] (SINGING) Then sings my soul, my savior, my God to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art.
The first College Football Playoff rankings will be even more unsolvable than usual
       
The second-tier, so-called “Group of Five” brims with eight unbeaten teams partly because the nonconference games weren’t around to leave some of them beaten. In a pandemic year of varying medical opinions, the usual unsolvable rankings questions of an eccentric sport have multiplied into cascading unsolvable rankings questions. ADADHow should one measure the Pac-12 with its unbeaten Oregon (3-0), Southern California (3-0), Colorado (2-0) and Washington (2-0)? Where to place BYU (9-0), Cincinnati (8-0), Coastal Carolina (8-0), Marshall (7-0), Nevada (5-0), San Jose State (4-0), Buffalo (3-0), Kent State (3-0) and Western Michigan (3-0)? Having garnered four playoff berths across the first six years of the playoff concept, but with all four of those from Oklahoma, it stands with zero unbeaten teams and a twice-beaten Oklahoma, assuring its position as slighted.
YouTube suspends One America News, a Trump favorite, for peddling covid misinformation
       
The reason, Choi said, was “repeated violations” of YouTube’s policies against covid misinformation. “After careful review, we removed a video from OAN and issued a strike on the channel for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming there’s a guaranteed cure,” Choi said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. OAN did not immediately respond to a request for comment through contact information listed on its YouTube page. Google, which owns YouTube, has joined other leading tech companies this year in enforcing increasingly strict rules against misinformation that may confuse people about the nature, spread and treatments of the novel coronavirus. ADADThis has sparked a loud, sustained backlash from Trump and other Republicans who have claimed, without offering systematic evidence, that Silicon Valley is biased against conservative voices.
How to prepare your children for a holiday with fewer presents
       
The mall Santa is still greeting children — albeit behind masks and plexiglass — listening to their excitement over the presents they hope to get for the holidays. What do you tell your children about the scaled-down Christmas or Hanukkah you need to have this year? Or worse, how do you prepare your children for a possible eviction from their home? Q: What should parents tell children if they've lost their job or face a furlough? ADQ: What should you do if your children start acting out because of the change in the family’s financial situation?
Nearly a sixth of the Senate Republican caucus has tested positive for coronavirus
       
As of writing, eight senators have tested positive for the virus, according to data compiled by GovTrack. All eight of those positive tests, though, occurred among members of the Republican caucus, which currently numbers 53 senators. Republicans in the Senate have been about four times as likely as Americans overall to have tested positive for the virus. ), tested positive. Three senators tested positive at the beginning of October: Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
600 civilians were killed in massacre in Tigray, Ethiopia’s rights commission says
       
The victims were beaten to death with sticks, stabbed with knives, machetes and hatchets, and strangled with ropes, according to the report. Many others were severely injured and property looted or destroyed, the commission said. indicate the commission of grave human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes,” the commission said. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission’s findings could not be independently verified, but they echo similar accounts reported earlier by Amnesty International, which cited witness statements, photos and videos as evidence. The commission warned that the death toll from the massacre could be much higher, as many people were still missing and bodies were hidden in fields outside the town.
2021 Grammy nominations: Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion score big nominations
       
2021 Grammy nominations: Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion score big nominationsMegan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé are up for best record of the year. Watch the video to see other 2021 Grammy nominations.
Distance learning may put snow days on thin ice
       
But could distance learning put a crushing end to this cherished tradition? ADEducation Week, a news organization covering K-12 education, surveyed principals and district leaders nationally and found that 39 percent have converted snow days to remote learning days, while an additional 32 percent are considering it. “Snow days are often surprise events for which teachers may not be able to prepare in advance,” Loft said. Those who advocate for distance learning as replacement for snow days, regardless of circumstances, say it’s a preferred option to extending school into the summer, when some schools lack air conditioning and enthusiasm for learning may wane, Education Week reported. For Hoffman, distance learning — whether due to a pandemic or inclement weather — will never be a substitute for in-person learning.
In Blinken and Sullivan, Biden picks a national security team without grifters - The Washington Post
       
Secretary of State Dean Rusk had all of five years’ experience in the State Department before taking charge. ADADThe Biden team is closer in spirit to the veterans assembled by another former vice president steeped in foreign policy. It’s a vast improvement to get rid of a clueless team that sabotaged the national interest at every turn. Biden will not issue a one-sided peace plan offering to recognize Israeli annexations after failing to consult with Palestinian leaders. Biden will seek to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal — but its limitations would begin expiring in 2025 anyway.
Opinion | How Trump could still disrupt the transfer of power
       
Over the past two weeks, Trump has been installing a team of super-loyalists at the Pentagon, now headed by acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller. ADADHere’s where it gets scary: On Dec. 12, two days before the electoral college meets, Trump supporters plan to gather for a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial. The last such rally, touted as a “Million MAGA March” on Nov. 14, drew only several thousand Trump supporters. Now consider the other upheaval that could undermine an orderly transfer of power or leave a huge mess for Biden. Again, Milley talked Trump out of any rash action, backed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior officials.
Fox News settles lawsuit with family of Seth Rich
       
New York (CNN Business) The parents of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer whose unsolved murder became the basis for right-wing conspiracy theories, settled their lawsuit with Fox News on Tuesday. "The settlement with Fox News closes another chapter in our efforts to mourn the murder of our beloved Seth, whom we miss every single day," the parents, Joel and Mary Rich, said in a statement through their attorneys. The Rich parents added that the settlement will allow them to "move on from the litigation" and that they "are pleased with the settlement of this matter and sincerely hope that the media will take genuine caution in the future." "We thank everyone who has counseled us and given us strength," Joel and Mary Rich said, adding, "We now look forward to devoting as much time and energy as we can to family and to preserving Seth's memory as a blessing." A Fox News spokesperson commented, "We are pleased with the resolution of the claims and hope this enables Mr. and Mrs. Rich to find a small degree of peace and solace moving forward."
BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost — and inheriting its diversity issues
       
New York (CNN Business) About an hour after the news that BuzzFeed is acquiring HuffPost first broke, BuzzFeed chief Jonah Peretti held an all-hands for HuffPost staffers over Google Meet. There are concerns among HuffPost employees on whether BuzzFeed and Peretti will rise to the occasion, the three staffers said. This past June, amid the reckoning over racial injustice across America, the HuffPost union sent leadership a letter including specific demands for diversity commitments. In June, freelance journalist Patrice Peck publicly criticized BuzzFeed's treatment of Black staffers, which prompted other former BuzzFeed staffers to share their negative experiences. BuzzFeed management has taken some recent steps, including bargaining with the BuzzFeed News union over diversity proposals.
Key lines from the unveiling of Biden's top national security and foreign policy team
       
Washington (CNN) President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top members of his national security and foreign policy team. Biden's nominees and appointees spoke for the first time since being announced on Monday by the transition team, and many offered implicit rebukes of President Donald Trump and his isolationist and "America First" worldview. "The team meets this moment, this team behind me," Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. "It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure," Biden said. "And it's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it.
Senate Republicans' Georgia bullying failed. But Lindsey Graham's ethics violations stand out.
       
Just last week Trump summoned Michigan Republican leaders to the White House to try to throw out the state's election results. The most egregious example is Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the subject of an ethics complaint we filed, along with former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, last Wednesday with the Senate Ethics Committee. Senate ethics rules prohibit Senate employees from engaging in campaign activity, unless it is clear that they do so on their own time, outside of Senate space, and without using Senate resources. Senate ethics rules prohibit Senate employees from engaging in campaign activity, unless it is clear that they do so on their own time, outside of Senate space, and without using Senate resources. Both Georgia and South Carolina, Graham’s home state, have a history of infringing on the voting rights of African Americans.
Commission issues guidelines on ‘integration’ to ease deal on migration pact
       
The European Commission has issued new guidelines for countries to help integrate migrants | Desiree Martin/AFP via Getty ImagessThe European Commission on Tuesday called on EU countries to do a better job of integrating migrants into European society, and issued a new set of guidelines and goals for integration in the areas of education, employment, health and housing. “Almost 40 percent are overqualified for the job they do,” the report says, stressing the potential societal benefits of migrants. But while the new plan intends to be more expansive, it does not go any further in seeking to impose policies on EU countries and remains largely a set of non-binding recommendations. Reacting to the Commission’s integration plan, diplomats emphasized that technically there was no legal link between the Migration Pact and the integration action plan. “What we are presenting today is something that will contribute to facilitate the adoption of the pact,” he said.
Thanksgiving rush could strain testing resources at 'dangerous' time
       
SEE NEW POSTSThanksgiving rush could strain testing resources at 'dangerous' time Americans flocking to get tested for Covid-19 ahead of Thanksgiving travel are straining resources at a time when infections are surging across much of the country, according to Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Even though we have 50 million, or upwards of 40 to 50 million [tests] per month, we don’t have 150 million or 200 million per month,” Giroir said Tuesday in a call with reporters. That being said, we remain in a crucial and very dangerous time.” Share this -Louisiana reverses some reopening measures amid Covid surge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state would be pulling back some of its reopening measures to try to stem the recent surge of Covid-19 cases. The state currently has more than 1,000 people hospitalized and has seen more than 211,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Macron eases coronavirus lockdown ahead of Christmas
       
PARIS — Coronavirus lockdown rules will be eased incrementally in France starting on Saturday ahead of the Christmas holiday, President Emmanuel Macron announced in a televised address to the nation Tuesday night. He also said that he would not make getting the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory, when it becomes available. “The peak of the second wave of the epidemic has passed," Macron said in his sixth and most straightforward address on the coronavirus pandemic since March, noting a drop in COVID-19 cases over the past week. Some will be available at the end of December-early January and a second generation will arrive in the spring," Macron said. Macron had announced a second nationwide lockdown at the end of October to stem the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus.
The Transition to Joe Biden's Presidency Has Begun. But Donald Trump Won't Talk About Losing
       
President Donald Trump made two public appearances on Tuesday, something that’s become increasingly rare since he lost the election. In the past, Trump has made topical jokes at the presidential turkey pardons or referenced the news of the day. At last year’s turkey pardon, he talked about his impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill. Earlier in the day, the White House abruptly announced Trump would be speaking from the press briefing room, with just a few minutes notice. (Journalists shouted questions as Trump left both the press briefing room and the turkey pardon, including about whether he will concede.)
Biden urges Senate to take up confirmation process for cabinet picks
       
The path to confirmation for Biden's nominees remains unclear as control of the Senate will be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia early next year. Senate Republicans thus far have exerted considerable caution not to run afoul of President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud by acknowledging Biden's victory. Cabinet selections for incoming presidents have historically been granted hearings in their relevant Senate committees ahead of Inauguration Day. Two of President Donald Trump's original cabinet members, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, were confirmed on Trump's inauguration day. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had six and seven members of their original cabinets confirmed on inauguration day, respectively.
A vet reflects on his service in 'Once a Warrior'
       
The non-profit Team Rubicon uses the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster relief teams around the world, and co-founder Jake Wood joins Morning Joe to discuss his group and his new book 'Once a Warrior'.
Joe Scarborough: What Biden can learn from Truman
       
As Joe Scarborough releases his new book 'Saving Freedom,' he writes in a new column for the Washington Post what Joe Biden can learn from Harry Truman's presidency. Mika Brzezinski reads from Scarborough's column.
Moral Monday caravans to honor coronavirus victims
       
The Poor People's Campaign will hold Moral Monday caravans in state capitols to address the coronavirus crisis. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi join Morning Joe to discuss.
YouTube suspends OANN for violating its Covid-19 policy
       
YouTube suspended the right-leaning One America News Network for one week on Tuesday after it posted a video that contained coronavirus misinformation. YouTube removed the video for violating a policy prohibiting the posting of content that spreads coronavirus misinformation. OANN can reapply for the YouTube Partner Program and be readmitted if it fixes the issues that led to the suspension. “Since early in this pandemic, we’ve worked to prevent the spread of harmful misinformation associated with Covid-19 on YouTube,” said YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi. YouTube says it has reviewed and removed 200,000 videos for misleading Covid-19 content since February.
As Ohio Covid hospitalizations surge, officials fear Thanksgiving will push it over the edge
       
On Monday, Cleveland officials announced coronavirus cases had surpassed 10,000, with 308 coming from the previous day. As the surge increases, doctors and hospitals will have to make more decisions about how to handle it, including postponing surgeries and out-patient procedures, state officials said Monday. While state officials quickly point out that 3 in 10 hospital beds statewide are currently unoccupied, that could change after Thanksgiving. “We can’t sound the alarm bell loud enough for people in Ohio to change their behavior,” said Dr. Andy Thomas of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. On Monday there were 195 confirmed coronavirus cases, and the following day there were an additional 314 confirmed cases, bringing those totals to 509.
YouTuber niece of Illinois mayor criticizes uncle for attending wedding amid Covid-19 surge
       
SEE NEW POSTSYouTuber niece of Illinois mayor criticizes uncle for attending wedding amid Covid-19 surge The internet celebrity niece of an Illinois mayor criticized her uncle on Sunday for attending a family wedding in Florida. Most social gatherings will be prohibited, students will not be allowed to host visitors, and traveling will be restricted, according to Eisgruber. "Based on their representations, the foreign government allegedly wired the funds to complete the purchase," the statement from Patrick's office said. More than 1,300 nursing homes across the U.S. reported having three or more confirmed Covid-19 cases during the first week of November — the highest number ever reported in a single week, according to an NBC News analysis of federal data. (Facilities report suspected cases when residents exhibit Covid-19 symptoms but have yet to receive positive test results.)
Elon Musk leapfrogs over Bill Gates to become second-richest man in the world
       
Tesla CEO Elon Musk beat out Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to become the second-richest person in the world on Tuesday. Musk's massive personal fortune comes mostly from owning 20 percent of Tesla and 54 percent of his space transportation company SpaceX. “I have a bunch of houses, but I don’t spend a lot of time in most of them," Musk told Rogan. Tesla hit a $500 billion market capitalization for the first time on Tuesday, and Musk's net worth has jumped nearly $20 billion in just the last week. Elon Musk currently makes nearly 2 million times as much as the average American household, while Jeff Bezos currently makes 2.6 million times as much, according to Bloomberg.
YouTube suspends OANN for violating its Covid-19 policy
       
SEE NEW POSTSYouTube suspends OANN for violating its Covid-19 policy YouTube suspended the right-leaning One America News Network for one week on Tuesday after it posted a video that contained coronavirus misinformation. YouTube removed the video for violating a policy prohibiting the posting of content that spreads coronavirus misinformation. The one that One America News Network, or OANN, posted contained claims of a guaranteed cure for the disease. OANN can reapply for the YouTube Partner Program and be readmitted if it fixes the issues that led to the suspension. The conclusion: If Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to soar, surgeries and out-patient procedures will likely slow down.
Dr. Gawande: We are 'far better prepared' now that Biden transition has vaccine information
       
Students who opt for a residential experience must follow strict public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and regularly getting tested. Most social gatherings will be prohibited, students will not be allowed to host visitors, and traveling will be restricted, according to Eisgruber. "Based on their representations, the foreign government allegedly wired the funds to complete the purchase," the statement from Patrick's office said. The figure does not include outbreaks at assisted living facilities, which the federal government does not track. (Facilities report suspected cases when residents exhibit Covid-19 symptoms but have yet to receive positive test results.)
Louisiana reverses some reopening measures amid Covid surge
       
SEE NEW POSTSLouisiana reverses some reopening measures amid Covid surge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state would be pulling back some of its reopening measures to try to stem the recent surge of Covid-19 cases. Cases in Louisiana are trending in the wrong direction with 971 new cases reported on Monday. Share this -As Ohio Covid hospitalizations surge, officials fear Thanksgiving will push it over the edge CINCINNATI — With the coronavirus increasingly sweeping across Ohio and hospitalizations surging, Gov. Share this -YouTuber niece of Illinois mayor criticizes uncle for attending wedding amid Covid-19 surge The internet celebrity niece of an Illinois mayor criticized her uncle on Sunday for attending a family wedding in Florida.
Grammys Snubs and Surprises: The Weeknd, Luke Combs and BTS
       
CARAMANICA The truth is that there is a whole level of success for a musician that has little to do with radio play, streaming success, album sales or touring scale. It is about being seen as the sort of musician that other musicians respect. And D Smoke might seem like a total outlier, but in this context, he’s not: His brother is SiR, a singer who’s signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, known as the home of Kendrick Lamar. In a(nother) year with no Kendrick album, D Smoke is a familiar alternative, and a reminder of the sorts of music — hip-hop included — that Grammy voters tend to favor: earnest, technique-driven, either shopworn or fine-tuned depending on your lens. That’s made manifest in the best rap album category (D Smoke, Nas, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Electronica and Royce Da 5’9”).
Joy Williams and Her Unique Views of America
       
Scott, The Times’s co-chief film critic, returns to the Book Review’s podcast this week to discuss the work of Joy Williams, the third subject in Scott’s essay series The Americans, about writers who give a sense of the country’s complex identity. Scott argues that Williams forces readers to see their surroundings anew. So you might think, in a short story, ‘Oh, this takes place in New England in the winter, in Maine.’ But it doesn’t conform to any of your preconceived ideas about what that place and setting might be like. I think the same is true of ‘The Quick and the Dead,’ which takes place in Arizona. It’s not Barbara Kingsolver’s Arizona, it’s not the Southwest as we have thought about it through travel or through other reading.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Response
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Gary Herbert partly relaxed the state’s restrictions on casual private gatherings this week for the holiday. The country has recorded a total of 5,200 coronavirus cases, according to a New York Times database. A volunteer received a trial coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Moscow in September. Despite Toronto’s new coronavirus restrictions, in-person classes will continue.
Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed
       
Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s obvious victory has withstood Mr. Trump’s peddling of conspiracy theories and his campaign of groundless lawsuits. In the end — and the postelection standoff instigated by Mr. Trump and his party is truly nearing its end — the president’s attack on the election wheezed to an anticlimax. For now, the country appears to have avoided a ruinous breakdown of its electoral system. While Mr. Trump’s mission to subvert the election has so far failed at every turn, it has nevertheless exposed deep cracks in the edifice of American democracy and opened the way for future disruption and perhaps disaster. With the most amateurish of efforts, Mr. Trump managed to freeze the passage of power for most of a month, commanding submissive indulgence from Republicans and stirring fear and frustration among Democrats as he explored a range of wild options for thwarting Mr. Biden.
Unemployment Scam Using Inmates’ Names Costs California Hundreds of Millions
       
SACRAMENTO — A rash of fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims filed under the names of jail and prison inmates, including more than 100 on death row, has bilked California out of hundreds of millions of dollars, a law enforcement task force said Tuesday. In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the task force, led by district attorneys from San Diego to Fresno County, asked for “significant resources” to combat “what appears to be the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history,” and wrote that claims had been paid under the names of tens of thousands of incarcerated Californians. In most cases, task force members said, the payments were sent in the form of prepaid debit cards to addresses designated on the applications, with the proceeds later deposited to inmate accounts in jail and prisons, but in some, the benefits were sent directly to the institutions. Among the named beneficiaries: Cary Stayner, a serial killer who murdered four women near Yosemite National Park in 1999; Wayne Ford, another serial killer, who confessed to at least four murders in 1997 and 1998 in Northern California; Scott Peterson, convicted in 2004 of the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci; and Isauro Aguirre, who, with his girlfriend, tortured and murdered her 8-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez, in 2013 in Palmdale, Calif.
Stormy weather leads up to Thanksgiving, but it should turn tranquil on Turkey Day itself
       
Friday and Saturday, a new rainstorm will develop in the South, drawing moisture north from the Gulf of Mexico. Here, the National Weather Service has declared an elevated risk of strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening. “Large hail and severe wind gusts are the primary hazards,” writes the Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. To the north and northwest of the develop storm, on its cold side, wintry weather is likely. ADThanksgivingIn the Mid-Atlantic, Thanksgiving Day will start off showery, but rain should exit from south to north by midday.
Congressman seeks to have Rudolph Giuliani disbarred over attempts to overturn election
       
These lawyers are enabling his treachery and harming our democracy,” Pascrell told The Post through a spokesperson Monday. Giuliani could not immediately be reached for comment but continued to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and election theft during his daily talk-radio program on WABC on Monday. The threshold for disbarring a lawyer is high — reserved for only the most heinous instances of misconduct — and happens infrequently. In states such as Nevada, one of the five where Pascrell filed complaints against Giuliani, disbarment permanently locks a lawyer out of practicing law in the state. State bar associations can publicly or privately mete out discipline that includes written reprimands, corrective coursework, monetary fines and temporary suspension.
All that cooking has dulled your knives. Here’s how to sharpen them at home.
       
According to Swanson, typical Western-style knives have symmetrical edges, in a 20- to 25-degree range, on each side of the blade. Then, he flips the knife, edge facing toward him, as he gently presses down along the knife and pushes it away from himself. Keep your knife sharp by honing. Honing rods do not sharpen knives like a whetstone does, but can keep them sharp longer. Once you’ve got a sharp knife, treat it well.
Biden transition live updates: Pa. and Nevada certify Biden’s wins; president-elect introduces national security team
       
“But I think it’s really important that we’re clear about this. The outcome is certain, and I really think the orderly transfer of power is one of the most uniquely fundamental American components of our political system. But the two forged an uneasy alliance to try to push through Trump’s legislative agenda, culminating in a sweeping 2017 tax overhaul. “Those of us who’ve worked with Joe, we disagree with each other but he’s not a disagreeable human being. So, he does know how to work in divided government.
Coronavirus vaccine will likely be required for international flights, Qantas CEO says
       
Australian air carrier Qantas anticipates asking all international travelers to prove they’ve been immunized against the coronavirus once a vaccine is widely available — a requirement that is likely to be adopted throughout the industry, CEO Alan Joyce said Monday. “I think it will be a common theme, talking to my colleagues in other airlines across the world,” Joyce told Australia’s Nine News. Travelers entering or leaving Australia could be required to show an electronic “vaccination passport” that shows which vaccine they received, Joyce said. On Monday, the organization announced that its app was in the final stage of development and a pilot program would begin later this year. These 3 tools can help you navigate quarantine and testing policies by stateHow do travel bubbles work?
Room Rater was a beloved pandemic distraction. But the backlash has arrived, courtesy of Jeb Bush.
       
Room Rater, is it possible now that the election is over to rate rooms on a non partisan basis? Are you a room rater or a hyper partisan person that is the problem? “The first couple TV hits I got, it was exciting to see my mentions on Room Rater,” she said. “I didn’t know there was this whole debate about partisanship and all that [on Room Rater], and I’m not interested in any debate on it. He’d also like to note that the “port wine poster,” as Room Rater put it, is actually from Willi’s Wine Bar in Paris.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
With days left before Thanksgiving, the health department in Salt Lake County issued a blunt message to urge people to avoid gatherings and help curb the fall surge in coronavirus cases. “Thanksgiving leftovers won’t taste as good if you’re on a ventilator. In fact, if you’ve got COVID-19, they probably won’t taste like anything at all,” reads a Monday evening Facebook post from the health department. “Everybody say, ‘I was just exposed to Covid!,’” reads text overlaid on the image. Gary R. Herbert (R) said last week he would extend a mask mandate that was set to expire Monday, but would not extend restrictions on inter-household gatherings.
FDA authorizes emergency use of the antibody cocktail given to Trump to treat Covid-19
       
(CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Regeneron's antibody cocktail to treat Covid-19 in high-risk patients with mild to moderate disease. The cocktail reduced Covid-19-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits in some patients within 28 days of treatment, the FDA said in a news release. Regeneron submitted its application for the authorization in October, shortly after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus and received the biotechnology company's antibody therapy. The cocktail has not been authorized for use in patients who are hospitalized with Covid-19 or need oxygen therapy because of Covid-19. There are more than 70 different antibody treatments for Covid-19 under investigation, according to BIO , an association that represents major biotechnology companies
Tesla's market value tops $500 billion for the first time
       
New York (CNN Business) Tesla may be the new kid on the block in the auto industry, but it's quickly become a big kid on Wall Street. The electric car maker's shares continued to climb more than 4% on Tuesday, increasing its total market value above $500 billion for the first time. Tesla's market cap rose to more than $520 billion Tuesday afternoon. Tesla TSLA Toyota TM Volkswagen VLKAF GM GM Ford F Fiat Chrysler FCAU PSA Group PUGOY is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers:and its merger partnerThe milestone comes on the heels of a banner year for Tesla's stock. Microsoft MSFT The surging stock value also boosted Tesla CEO Elon Musk's net worth to $127.9 billion on Tuesday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index.
Experts have questions about AstraZeneca's vaccine data
       
(CNN) Vaccine experts -- including those who serve on advisory committees for the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- have questions about data released Monday by AstraZeneca about its Covid-19 vaccine. In a press release Monday, the pharmaceutical giant announced that its vaccine is on average 70% effective. However, the company did not state the data that led them to that conclusion. When two other pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, released their efficacy results earlier this month, they did include the data that led to their results. In its Monday press release, AstraZeneca presented an analysis of 23,000 participants in its Phase 3 trial.
How Biden can fight climate change without Congress
       
How Biden can fight climate change without CongressWith help from Zack ColmanThis week, we analyze the ways President-elect Joe Biden and his appointees can address climate change risks via federal financial regulators without having to involve Congress. But when it comes to tackling climate change risks in the financial system — a high priority for many Democrats — even a divided Congress won’t stand in the way. The Fed also for the first time formally declared climate change as a potential danger to financial stability. While the work is in its early days, the Fed could use its own authority to stress test banks for their exposure to climate change. Yellen has promoted a carbon tax and recently begun discussing climate change more publicly, but she hasn't offered much detail to date on how she thinks the financial sector could steel itself against systemic risks climate change poses.
Female Artists Dominate Best Rock Performance Category, Make Grammys History
       
Who run the world the Best Rock Performance category at the 2021 Grammy Awards? The nominations for the upcoming 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, with some artists making history with their sheer volume of nominations (Beyonce racked up a whopping nine) and others by dominating a category. For the first time in the awards show’s history, all of the artists nominated in the Best Rock Performance category are either women or a woman-led group.
George Clooney in spat with Hungary’s Viktor Orbán
       
Hollywood actor George Clooney has become embroiled in a spat with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, after he criticized the Budapest government as an example of the “anger and hate” seen around the world. In an interview with GQ published online last week, Clooney spoke about filming his upcoming sci-fi film “The Midnight Sky,” in which he plays a scientist in a post-apocalyptic world. Go to [Jair] Bolsonaro in Brazil or Orbán in Hungary, or look around: lots of anger and hate,” said Clooney, who is married to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. “He has people whispering in his ears.”Government spokesman Ors Farkas also accused the actor of voicing the pro-immigration message of Hungarian-born U.S. liberal philanthropist and billionaire George Soros — a regular target of Orbán’s government. “I look forward to the day that Hungary embraces what it once was.”Orbán’s government has long butted heads with the EU over what Brussels sees as democratic backsliding in his country.
Trump pardons Corn the turkey as a finishing White House act
       
Trump lauded the progress on coronavirus vaccines and thanked health care workers for their efforts in controlling the pandemic. "From our earliest days, America has always been a story of perseverance and triumph, determination and strength, loyalty and faith," Trump said. It was a contrast from the somber quiet coming from the White House since the race was called for Biden over two weeks ago. Another turkey, Cob, was dubbed the backup bird this year, but he was not spotted at the White House ceremony. Turkeys pardoned at the White House are bred for slaughter and are often too unhealthy to support long lifespans.
California paid inmates $1B in fraudulent unemployment benefits, prosecutors say
       
For months, fraudsters have exploited programs designed to swiftly distribute federal pandemic aid to self-employed and contract workers. | David McNew/Getty Images California paid inmates $1B in fraudulent unemployment benefits, prosecutors sayInmates in California's jails and prisons have stolen upwards of $1 billion in pandemic unemployment aid, four district attorneys and a federal prosecutor announced Tuesday. Context: Tuesday's announcement is only the latest twist in the fraud saga plaguing California's unemployment programs, a challenge facing states nationwide. For months, fraudsters have exploited programs designed to swiftly distribute federal pandemic aid to self-employed and contract workers through a self-certification process. California's unemployment system has recently adopted a more sophisticated identity verification system and has taken other measures, such as halting the automatic backdating of claims.
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges
       
Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, capping a deal with federal prosecutors to resolve an investigation into the drugmaker’s role in the U.S. opioid crisis. During a court hearing conducted remotely on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in New Jersey, Purdue pleaded guilty to three felonies covering widespread misconduct. Purdue Chairman Steve Miller entered the guilty plea on the company’s behalf and admitted to its criminal conduct under questioning from Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Stephen Ferketic. A $3.54 billion criminal fine is set to be considered alongside trillions of dollars in unsecured claims as part of Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings. A sentencing imposing those penalties is set to come down the line, near the time Purdue receives court approval for a bankruptcy reorganization.
Trump advisers pushed for transition to begin as GOP calls for it grew
       
The General Services Administration made the official designation to begin the transition on Monday, providing Biden's team access to funding and federal agencies. The advisers who made the case to the president also included senior advisers Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Hope Hicks as well as White House counsel Pat Cipollone. “He tries to message things so he doesn’t feel like as big of a loser,” the second Trump ally said. The move, Trump’s advisers hope, takes some pressure off of Republicans and the White House. And, according to the first Trump ally, “ensures the Biden team does not have an excuse on Jan. 20 and beyond.”“They can no longer say it’s all Trump’s fault,” the ally said.
Businesses gear up for the holiday season during a pandemic
       
MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian is joined by NBC's Jacob Ward to discuss how businesses are pushing forward during a pandemic and one company that is thriving in the midst of it all.
Unsanitized: No Double Dip Recession for the Millions in Depression
       
People unaffected by the crisis have been saving because there’s nothing to do, but that other America has been in recession or worse for several months; there’s no double dip here, just one long season of misery. Now Democratic leaders, including the president-elect, are pushing for a quick stimulus package to avert the double dip recession, though it’s unclear whether they have a negotiating partner in the Senate. We can see the end in sight and just have to prevent destruction and scarring for millions for a short while. The failure of the CARES Act to extend to full level of need is not as much of a pitfall now. But doing nothing would be an absolute and monumental disaster for millions of neglected and invisible Americans.
Florida’s Most Powerful Democrat Lives in New York
       
× Expand KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx Mike Bloomberg is ready to open his wallet for the party again. There, Politico reported last night, former New York mayor and current gazillionaire Michael Bloomberg has called for Florida Democrats to make former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz the state party’s new chair. The question is why a 78-year-old New Yorker should cast so decisive, if de facto, a vote to determine the future of Florida Democrats. And no doubt the election-season chops of the Florida party matter to Democrats across the nation, who know they can’t go on losing the nation’s third-largest state in election after election. I know, I know: This is just for party chair; no one’s buying a candidate, and $100 million can get you a shitload of lawn signs.
BlackRock Executive Brian Deese Could Get Major White House Position
       
× Expand Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Brian Deese, right, speaks at a White House press briefing, March 19, 2015. In this position, Deese made mostly empty promises to environmentalists about BlackRock’s goals, which withered upon close inspection. When it came to voting on shareholder proposals that could transform energy and utility companies, BlackRock failed to raise a whisper. With a potentially weak U.S. trade representative installed, trade policy would be largely run out of the White House, making the NEC director an even more critical figure. Progressives have floated other names for NEC, including former Biden economic adviser Jared Bernstein, and progressive economist and Biden adviser Heather Boushey.
North Carolina Has Finally Certified Its Election Results
       
Only five races were not certified in the results, including the statewide race for Supreme Court chief justice. The last precinct reported around 12:30 a.m. on November 4—although this may be because only 900,000 North Carolinians voted in-person. The only 'no' vote on the election results came from Tommy Tucker, a former state senator from Union County. He asked to speak after other board members responded to his comments but had already used up his time. You can view election results at each level of government statewide and within North Carolina's 100 counties on the State Board of Elections database.
Use the President’s Contracting Power to Improve Workers’ Lives
       
While the president cannot—without Congress—increase the federal minimum wage, the president can, through executive power, increase the minimum wage of workers on federal contracts. While the precise number of workers on federal contracts is unknown, estimates put the number at around five million. The Biden administration should use its executive and regulatory authority to improve the wages and working conditions of millions of workers on federal contracts. President Biden should increase the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts and subcontracts to $15 immediately, and eliminate all subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. One issue with enforcing standards for workers on federal contracts is the lack of good data about these workers (as noted above, we do not even know the precise number of workers on federal contracts).
How to Counteract the Court
       
“Congress can have a real dialogue with the Court, even when the Supreme Court strikes down a law Congress has passed as unconstitutional,” said Dan Weiner, deputy director of the Brennan Center’s Election Reform Program. “It used to be that if we got a bad circuit court decision we could file for Supreme Court review, but we don’t dare do that now since we’d risk only making things worse,” Samberg-Champion said. “That’s just how you normalize it.”× Expand ERIC GAY/AP PHOTO There are several Supreme Court cases on immigration that are ripe for congressional override. In their recommendations, which went beyond Big Tech and addressed how to improve antitrust policy more generally, subcommittee staff identified several Supreme Court cases Congress should overturn. Indeed, many of the problems of a highly concentrated market stem from Court decisions themselves, subcommittee staff found.
What Obama Wants to Forget
       
What Obama Wants to Forget What Obama Wants to Forget A Promised Land is Obama’s attempt to frame the discussion around his presidency. Then he made fun of Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner a few weeks later for kicks. Our view was lifting Trump up at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, you know, as kind of the example of the Obama opposition. A final verdict will have to wait until the release of the relevant archives from Obama’s White House years. Even when he was running for president in 2008, Obama promised that during his watch the average level of federal spending would be lower than under George W. Bush.
The Man Building the Bridge Between Labor Rights and Criminal Justice Reform
       
He con­sid­ered Work­ers Defense Project — found­ed in 2002 and already nation­al­ly promi­nent for its suc­cess­es — to be the state’s most effec­tive orga­ni­za­tion push­ing labor and immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy changes. His move straight from a grass­roots labor group into an elect­ed DA posi­tion makes him a unique fig­ure in the Amer­i­can social jus­tice movement. One of the most promis­ing trends in crim­i­nal jus­tice reform in recent years has been the rise of the pro­gres­sive dis­trict attor­ney. Now, a new­ly elect­ed pro­gres­sive DA in Austin, Texas is bring­ing some­thing to his posi­tion that none of his coun­ter­parts have before: deep ties to the labor movement. “The Trump admin­is­tra­tion has both ener­gized and exhaust­ed our social jus­tice move­ment,” says Mimi Marziani.
The Climate Movement’s Reckoning with Black Lives Matter
       
BROOK­LYN, N.Y. — Envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice has nev­er been sep­a­rate from racial jus­tice, accord­ing to Eliz­a­beth Yeampierre, co-chair of the nation­al Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the inter­gen­er­a­tional, woman-of-col­or-led cli­mate orga­ni­za­tion, UPROSE. Since UPROSE launched the Sun­set Park Cli­mate Jus­tice Cen­ter in 2012 to pro­mote com­mu­ni­ty resilience and cli­mate adap­ta­tion, Yeampierre says white-led cli­mate groups have hin­dered the jus­tice-cen­tered solu­tions UPROSE has worked toward. So when a wave of white-led envi­ron­men­tal groups like the Sier­ra Club, Nat­ur­al Resources Defense Coun­cil, and 350?.org pro­claimed sol­i­dar­i­ty with Black Lives Mat­ter, Yeampierre was circumspect. For exam­ple, mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance are now col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Move­ment for Black Lives. And in July, the Move­ment for Black Lives cre­at­ed its mod­el Breathe Act, which calls for police depart­ment funds to be redi­rect­ed to com­bat envi­ron­men­tal racism, among oth­er measures.
US Billionaires Have Increased Their Riches By $1 Trillion During the Pandemic
       
Researchers at Northwestern University estimate that nearly one in four American households has experienced food insecurity during the pandemic. At that rate, it’s likely that by the time you read this article, that figure will have topped a trillion dollars. Take Instacart, for example, whose thirty-year-old founder and chief executive Apoorva Mehta is one of the ten billionaires who has profited most from the pandemic, according to the IPS report. Walmart, meanwhile, refuses to provide hazard pay to its workers who continue to interact with the public during a deadly pandemic. Private equity giants Blackstone, Leonard Green & Partners, Cerberus Capital, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are also listed in the IPS report.
Canceling Medical Debt Is a Moral Imperative
       
As talk turns to student debt cancelation, we shouldn’t forget the monstrosity of medical debt in the United States. But we must also right past wrongs and cancel all existing medical debt, delivering real relief to millions of US workers. So the moral urgency of canceling medical debt is clear. Unlike student loan debt — which can be wiped out through executive order because the government holds the debt — medical debt cancelation would have to make it through Congress. A Senate in the iron grip of Senator Mitch McConnell is where medical debt cancelation goes to die.
A Trump Appointee Is Trying to Force New Bank Investments in Fossil Fuel Extraction
       
As climate change intensifies, Wall Street firms are under pressure to stop investing in projects that make the crisis worse. But after Alaska’s Republican congressional delegation complained that banks were pulling back from Arctic oil and gas development, a Trump-appointed financial regulator just announced a new rule designed to force banks to continue financing fossil fuel projects. The rule follows a separate move by the Trump Labor Department to try to block investors from pulling their money out of oil and gas companies. However, the rule appears to be designed to put pressure on five major banks who stopped lending to Arctic energy projects. Senate Democrats previously criticized the OCC for taking the fossil fuel industry’s side, warning Brooks and other Trump administration officials to “stop pressuring banks to fund new Arctic drilling projects.”Nevertheless, Brooks forged ahead and ultimately introduced the new proposed OCC rule.
The Moral Core of Socialism Is Our Responsibility to Each Other
       
In my perspective, the moral core of socialism is minimal — a beginning for much, much more. Socialism relies on taking the logic of economic value out of markets’ hands and into those of other forms of decision-making. This is deeply radical, because you’re talking about creating a setting in which many kinds of living could flourish. And all of them are potentially part of what E. P. Thompson described as the moral life of a political economy. But it’s all so divided from the other version of moral economy that we’re talking about.
How Postwar West Germany Used Support for Israel to Whitewash Its Image
       
Interview by David BroderFounded in the aftermath of World War II, West Germany was from its formation a state on the front line of the Cold War. After abortive moves to bring it into a European Defense Alliance, in 1955 West Germany itself became a NATO member. Yet, even as denazification reached its end, West Germany’s leaders found a means of giving a formal sign of remorse, by way of reparations to Israel. Daniel Marwecki is author of Germany and Israel: Whitewashing and Statebuilding, a study of the relations between the states created in the aftermath of World War II, up until present day. David Broder spoke to him about Israel’s place in West Germany’s rehabilitation, the importance of Cold War politics in the Middle East, and the difference between support for Israel and consequential action against antisemitism.
Joe Biden Is Filling His Cabinet With Pro-War Hawks
       
There was no rea­son to think that a Biden admin­is­tra­tion would be to the left of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion when it comes to for­eign pol­i­cy. In keep­ing with this tra­jec­to­ry, Biden is already draw­ing from a host of pro-war indi­vid­u­als from the Oba­ma era to fill his cab­i­net. Google bil­lion­aire Eric Schmidt and For­tune 100 com­pa­nies went to them, too.”But oth­er, less­er-known Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion alum­ni deserve greater scruti­ny. She served in the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion as under sec­re­tary of defense for pol­i­cy from 2009 to 2012 and then played a pow­er­ful role at CNAS. But we learned from the ear­li­est days of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion that it is sober assess­ment — rather than pro­jec­tion — that is called for in moments like this.
Kshama Sawant: Democrats and the Right Are Attacking Me — And Left Movements Everywhere
       
Big business, the right wing, and now the courts have rung the bell on what is now the fourth round of the fight to expel socialists from Seattle City Hall. They failed in the first three rounds to buy this city council seat, the last time with unprecedented corporate cash from Amazon. Just as the right wing fought to steal the vote for Trump nationally, locally they want to reject last year’s progressive vote in Seattle’s District 3. It continues at present with the right wing sending racist and sexualized hate mail and leaving threatening material at my house. Because big business and their political representatives in Seattle cannot tolerate having even one elected socialist who unambiguously fights for working people.
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Rudy Giuliani Went to Court and Made a Compelling Argument—for His Own Disbarment
       
Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Instead, this court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by the evidence. And US Representative Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat who serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has had enough. In letters to legal bar authorities in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania, the congressman has sought the disbarment of Giuliani and 22 other lawyers representing Trump’s attempt to overturn election results.
The GOP: Grotesque, Outrageous Putschists
       
It is now been three weeks since an election that Trump lost by more than 6 million popular votes and 74 Electoral College votes. It’s been clear since the spring, when Biden emerged as the Democratic Party’s candidate and when the polls began settling solidly against Trump, that No. It’s been a long while coming, but better late than never for these politicians to distance themselves from Trump’s ongoing coup efforts. Current Issue View our current issueBut where are the nearly four dozen Republican senators, including the entire leadership, who haven’t acknowledged Biden’s win? But, shamefully, much of the GOP seems content to continue playing a game of follow-the-fascist, as Trump enacts his own version of Götterdämmerung in these last, twisted weeks of his presidency.
How Biden Can ‘Build Back Better’ With or Without the Senate
       
The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Though Biden campaigned on this plan, we’re now told that if Democrats cannot win the two Senate races in Georgia, “Build Back Better” would be all but dead on arrival. As it turns out, Biden can directly and swiftly implement almost all of his plan to “Build Back Better” and renew the American economy without Congress—using only his presidential powers and responsibilities. A new memo sent to the Biden transition team by my colleagues at New Consensus lays out exactly how he can do so. This may sound unusual to some, but would in fact be returning the Fed to its original mission as a network of regional development banks.
Sanction Trump’s Election Lawyers—Now!
       
Last week, the Trump campaign dropped its final lawsuit contesting the results of the presidential election in Michigan. Rule 11(b)(1) makes transparently clear that the conduct of the lawyer’s representing the Trump campaign is sanctionable:(b) Representations to the Court. In that suit, the Trump campaign asked the court to throw away around 700,000 mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. Trump’s attorneys are making frivolous legal arguments, unsupported by facts, and they know it. After the Election Trump Is Blowing Up the Georgia GOP—and It Couldn’t Happen at a Better Time Joan Walsh Democrats No Longer Have a Coalition Musa al-GharbiNone of this is okay.
Time for Democrats to Drain the Real Swamp
       
EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. President-elect Joe Biden has stated that “”this is the time to heal,” suggesting that he’ll leave the pursuit of Trump to others. But for the country to heal, one critical remedy is to rebuild trust in government and pride in public service.
Diane Cook’s Morality Tales for Our Climate Future
       
BOOKS IN REVIEW The New Wilderness By Diane Cook Buy this bookThis story is a piece of climate change fiction (or “CliFI”), sure. Ballard’s first three novels—The Wind From Nowhere, The Drowned World, and The Burned World—envision three different settings affected by three different climate change apocalypses. Critics consider Weather, Jenny Offill’s fragmented rumination on climate change, to be one of the best works of English-language fiction published this year. John Lanchester’s climate change parable The Wall was heralded as a timely work last year. Climate change fiction isn’t a speculative genre anymore—it is quickly becoming its own form of literary realism.
Despite the CDC’s Eviction Ban, Thousands of Tenants Are Losing Their Homes
       
He should have been covered by the CDC’s eviction ban. If renters don’t know about the CDC ban, they stand to be kicked out of their homes, even if they might qualify. In Texas, courts are postponing eviction cases until December 31st any time a tenant signs the declaration form. But others have only done so for federally subsidized housing, confusing the CDC ban with the eviction ban included in the CARES Act Congress passed in March that has since expired. The day we spoke, there were 26 eviction cases on the docket in the courthouse she had just come from.
Postal union leaders: Pandemic-driven mail decline emphasizes need for USPS aid
       
Postal Service mailboxes while demonstrating outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes were being counted, Nov. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. | Rebecca Blackwell / APWASHINGTON (PAI)—The decline in money-making first-class mail, as businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizes—again—the need for federal aid to keep the Postal Service going, its three top union leaders say. The USPS needs the money because the pandemic hit it hard in fiscal 2020, which ended Sept. 30, its year-end report showed. Revenue rose by $2 billion, to $73.1 billion, but operating expenses also increased, by $2.3 billion, to $82.2 billion, Trump-promoted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reported. Mail Handlers/Laborers President Paul Hogrogian mentioned that in lauding Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s victory over Trump.
PBS ‘Latinos Are Essential’: Who does the work and who pays
       
The Public Broadcasting Service has just introduced a series of short films entitled Latinos Are Essential. These short-form documentaries are dedicated to depicting the crucial role Latinos are playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The films will be shown for the next two to three months on PBS.org platforms including PBS.org and PBS Video App. Anel Medina, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse, is one of 200,000 DACA recipients serving in essential positions across the United States. The mainly young filmmakers and their mainly young subjects have gone beyond the confusion and drama of crisis.
Immigration Is the Story of Our Families
       
Citizens will continue to have honest differences over immigration policy, which is, after all, quite complicated. Immigration is often discussed as an abstract political concept. My mother, Violetta Tironi, born in Milan in 1931, was a studious girl who liked sports. Citizens will continue to have honest differences over immigration policy, which is, after all, quite complicated. This column was produced for the Progressive Media Project, which is run by The Progressive magazine, and distributed by Tribune News Service.
Judge rebukes another frivolous Trump lawsuit, allowing Pennsylvania to certify results
       
The certification of Pennsylvania's election results essentially shuts down any further Trump legal efforts to steal the election. Together with the other battleground states that certified results in recent days, Pennsylvania is helping finalize the end of Trump’s term in the White House. Given the state’s 20 electoral votes, it was the Trump campaign’s only hope to affect the election results through the courts. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. Brann’s ruling has left it clear that Pennsylvania officials were free to certify election results that show Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes.
Wall St. Trades in Record Territory as Biden Transition Begins: Live Updates
       
ET Wall St. Trades in Record Territory as Biden Transition Begins: Live Updates RIGHT NOW S&P 500 and Dow approach records as Biden administration takes shape. President Trump, who has consistently warned that markets would tumble if he lost re-election, took credit for the record on Tuesday. “The stock market’s just broken 30,000 — never been broken, that number,” Mr. Trump said in brief remarks at the White House. The automaker said it would no longer back the Trump administration in a fight with California over clean-air standards. G.M.’s support for the Trump administration surprised many auto experts given the president’s repeated attacks on the company and Ms. Barra.
The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.
       
Sun Belt presidents like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were among the first politicians to recognize the power of Latino conservatives. “That’s pretty good.”“Donald Trump got more Hispanic votes than Romney,” the coalition’s president, Hector Barreto Jr., pointed out to me about the 2016 election. Hispanics that voted for Donald Trump did not vote for Donald Trump because of the comments that he made during the campaign. They didn’t vote for him because they thought that he was going to be against their best interests. Under Garza, Libre has deliberately recruited Latino evangelicals.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Response
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Interest in travel generally has increased after recent announcements by pharmaceutical companies that their coronavirus vaccine candidates have been effective at preventing infections, according to preliminary data. Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker A look at all the vaccines that have reached trials in humans. The country has recorded a total of 5,200 coronavirus cases, according to a New York Times database. A volunteer received a trial coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Moscow in September.
Live Updates: Biden Announces Cabinet Picks as Presidential Transition Formally Begins
       
The officials Mr. Biden has selected, most of whom will require Senate confirmation, appeared with Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. finally issued the ascertainment on Monday, clearing the way for Mr. Biden to start officially announcing his nominations. Mr. Biden has said the holdup of the transition threatened national security by depriving his team of critical briefings. He also warned, in bold letters, against unauthorized contact by the White House staff — known formally as members of the Executive Office of the President — with members of the Biden transition team. It is not clear when Mr. Biden will receive his first classified national security briefing as president-elect.
Live Updates: Biden Announces Cabinet Picks as Presidential Transition Formally Begins
       
Mr. Biden said the selection of Mr. Kerry would signal to world leaders that the issue was a priority. “He will have a seat at every table around the world,” Mr. Biden said. finally issued the ascertainment on Monday, clearing the way for Mr. Biden to start officially announcing his nominations. It is not clear when Mr. Biden will receive his first classified national security briefing as president-elect. In replacing Ms. Yellen, Mr. Trump broke with precedent.
An ancient people with a modern climate plan
       
“I think about my responsibility as an Indigenous woman to my relatives," says Alana Quintasket, a member of the Swinomish Tribal Senate. Vernon Swinomish Channel Whidbey Island Skagit Bay 4 MILES Vancouver Samish Island Detail Cypress Island Seattle washington Guemes Island Padilla Bay Anacortes SKAGIT COUNTY Burlington Fidalgo Island Swinomish Reservation Mt. Vernon Swinomish Channel Salish Sea Whidbey Island Skagit Bay 4 MILES Vancouver Detail Cypress Island Samish Island Seattle washington Guemes Island SKAGIT COUNTY Anacortes Padilla Bay Burlington Fidalgo Island Swinomish Reservation Mt. Sarah Grossman, a shellfish scientist for the Swinomish tribe, measures an oyster to evaluate which areas make the best habitats. The Swinomish tribe's pioneering climate action plan was designed with many generations in mind.
Head home or hunker down? The Thanksgiving covid dilemma.
       
ADIn any year, Thanksgiving can be trying, as families gather in close quarters with plenty of alcohol and intergenerational friction. “No one wants to be the one to give their 90-year-old grandmother covid,” said Rush, 21, a senior at Notre Dame. Then they go directly to the bathroom to wash their hands.”But even for Baltimore, a holiday without family was unthinkable. 'We're not going to change each other's minds'Although canceling Thanksgiving sounds like a total downer, the decision can have a silver lining. “As we grew closer to the election, we realized that even if there wasn’t a pandemic,” the usual Thanksgiving celebration “wouldn’t have been a good choice,” she said.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged the public to consider their travel plans “carefully” in the run up to the Christmas period, adding that people should weigh the decision to travel “at all” amid the global health crisis that has claimed more than 55,000 lives in Britain. When asked how he was planning to deal with a surge in travel and the strong likelihood of overcrowding on public transport during the festive season, Shapps told the BBC that people would have to take “a close look at any proposed journeys.”Shapps also advised people to pre-book train tickets due to planned engineering work on the railways during the month of December that are expected to cause further delays — plans he said have been in the works long before the pandemic emerged. His comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to work with the heads of the other three nations making up the United Kingdom to cement guidelines for families hoping to spend time together at Christmas — despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. “This virus obviously is not going to grant a Christmas truce … and families will need to make a careful judgment about the risks of visiting elderly relatives,” Johnson said during a press briefing Monday in which he referenced the government’s “covid-19 winter plan.”A meeting on the Christmas agreement is expected to be held Tuesday, with final details shared with the public by Thursday.
Opinion | This Thanksgiving, don’t scrimp on gratitude
       
Biden’s national security team is filled with competent, experienced men and women and reflects the diversity he promised to bring to his administration. (The New York Times notes , “President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name several top national security picks on Tuesday, his transition office said, including the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security, the first woman to head the intelligence community and a former secretary of state, John Kerry, to be his international climate czar.”) Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser will garner confidence among our allies and guide us back to a bipartisan, internationalist and pro-democracy foreign policy. With the belated decision by General Services Administration head Emily Murphy, the transition — and these appointees’ security background checks — can get underway.
Biden transition live updates: Pa. and Nevada certify Biden’s wins; president-elect introduces national security team
       
The remarks marked a rare public appearance for the president since his loss to Biden in the election three weeks ago. During the presidential campaign, Trump frequently claimed that the stock market and the broader economy would tank if Biden were elected president. In a speech in Ohio last month, Trump warned, without evidence, that a Biden victory would trigger a depression. “That number, that’s a sacred number — 30,000,” he said, referring to the stock market gains. Thank you very much, everybody.”With that, Trump left the room, ignoring questions shouted by reporters.
How to assess covid-19 holiday risks - The Washington Post
       
ADADHuman beings understand reality and real-world risk using two parallel systems: an experiential, intuitive approach and an analytical, deliberative approach. The experiential system is an effective tool that has enabled human beings to survive our evolution. As life became more complex, we developed an analytical system — a way to calculate and weigh risk factors rationally: assessing densities, probabilities and exposure the way engineers, scientists and economists do. But doing so takes time, work and conscious thought, so the experiential risk assessment is still a major component of our psyches and our first response to any danger. Second, our experiential system is tied to our emotions — whether something feels good or bad.
Grammy nominations 2021: View the list
       
(CNN) Nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday, with Beyoncé leading among the nominees with nine. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich followed Queen Bey with six nominations each. The Grammys announced "The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah will host the event in January. Below is a list of nominees in several major categories. The full list of 83 categories is available hereRead More
BlackRock and the $15 trillion fund industry should be broken up, antimonopoly group says
       
New York (CNN Business) BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street manage a stunning $15 trillion in combined assets, equivalent to more than three-quarters the size of the US economy. And if there are antitrust efforts in the Biden era, it's likely to focus on Big Tech, not Big BlackRock. Not surprisingly, BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard took issue with the paper. "We fundamentally disagree with the conclusions in this paper and its recommendations, which we believe would do harm to investors," State Street said in a statement. After months of lobbying during the Obama era, BlackRock and other asset managers avoided the dreaded systemically important designation in 2014.
Stephen Curry's Golf Obsession Runs Deep and Has Him Looking Toward the Future
       
It's his golf swing. "If I had to put as much time into golf as I did basketball, could I have made it? His father, former professional basketball player Dell Curry, played golf as a hobby. What he is certain of, however, is that golf will always be a significant part of his present and future. "I want to be a part of growing the game," Curry says.
Black Friday 2020 Headphones Deals: Apple, Bose, Beats, Jabra And More
       
Fabio Formaggio / EyeEm via Getty Images Get headphones deals on everything from wireless earbuds like AirPods to noise-cancelling headphones like Beats on Black Friday 2020. Maybe you’re searching for over-ear noise-cancelling headphones for peak productivity or wireless earbuds like AirPods that won’t get tangled. BEST BLACK FRIDAY HEADPHONES DEAL:The best headphone deal we’ve spotted for Black Friday 2020 is on AirPods Pro on sale for $199. Take a look:Seremin via Getty ImagesBLACK FRIDAY AIRPODS HEADPHONES DEALSWondering what the difference is between Apple AirPods and Apple AirPods Pro? Csondy via Getty ImagesBLACK FRIDAY BEATS HEADPHONES DEALSWhen it comes to Beats, you have a couple of headphone pairs to pick from.
POLITICO Playbook PM: NEW: What Paul Ryan is saying about Biden and Trump
       
stocks rallied toward records, oil surged past $45 and the dollar fell as the formal start of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition spurred investors into risk assets. S&P industrials up 18%, best month EVER.”NEW … PAUL RYAN ON TRUMP … RYAN -- the former speaker -- spoke this morning at Bank of America’s virtual European Credit Conference, and he addressed the 2020 election, President-elect JOE BIDEN and TRUMP. BOFA’S MICHELLE MEYER: “Let’s turn to the current environment and particularly what we expect to see with President-elect Biden. “I know firsthand -- you mentioned Joe Biden and how I know him. “And so assuming, and you cannot assume these things, we keep the Georgia Senate seats and we have divided government, Joe Biden knows how to work in divided government.
UK unveils COVID Christmas mixing plan
       
The prime minister agreed a “Christmas bubble” scheme with the devolved nations of the U.K that will allow people across the country to spend time together over the festive period. They can meet in private homes, places of worship and outdoors, but not in hospitality or entertainment venues. The aligned approach over Christmas was agreed after talks between U.K. "We are all looking forward to Christmas and a chance to spend some time with all those we hold dear." Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, told a Commons committee earlier Tuesday that any Christmas mixing scheme would come with risks.
Michael J. Fox Compares Trump To Biff, Notorious Bully Of 'Back To The Future'
       
In an interview with The Guardian published this weekend, “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox compared Donald Trump to Biff Tannen, the main antagonist in the film franchise. “Every worst instinct in mankind has been played on [by Trump], and for me, that’s just anathema,” Fox told interviewer Hadley Freeman in a conversation held prior to the Nov. 3 election. “Biff is president!”The actor also described how he felt about Trump mocking disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during his 2016 presidential run. Yeah.”Read the full interview with Fox here, courtesy of The Guardian.
Azar says states will decide who gets first Covid-19 shots
       
States will have final say on how to prioritize who gets the first doses of any coronavirus vaccines, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Tuesday. A CDC vaccine advisory committee is set to meet as soon as the FDA authorizes the first vaccine, to determine which groups should get early access to the shot. But governors will have "final say," Azar said, raising the possibility that Americans could face widely differing distribution plans depending on where they live. He and other top government officials have said that about 40 million doses of the vaccine will likely be available next month. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have filed for emergency authorization from the FDA, and another developer — Moderna — has said it will soon follow suit.
Barack Obama's Memoir 'A Promised Land' Is Good, But Not Good Enough
       
On Monday, The New York Times named Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” one of the 10 best books of 2020. All things considered, it was pretty good; no point in caviling at the flaws. In “A Promised Land,” Obama does set himself a hefty challenge. Opening “A Promised Land,” like electing Joe Biden as president, is an uncomfortably nostalgic experience. Maybe “A Promised Land” is as good as we could ever expect.
Miley Cyrus Shares That She Is 2 Weeks Sober: 'I Fell Off'
       
Miley Cyrus has been open and honest throughout her sobriety journey over the past year — even when things get difficult. Now the “Midnight Sky” singer is opening up about becoming sober again, after she told radio presenter Zane Lowe that she recently “fell off” during the coronavirus pandemic. “I, like a lot of people — being completely honest — during the pandemic, fell off,” the entertainer said during an Apple Music interview with Lowe that was released on Monday. “And I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been fucking sober and I didn’t ... ’ I fell off and I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober,” Cyrus said. “You know, I feel like I really accepted that time.”“And one of the things I’ve used is ‘Don’t get furious, get curious,’” the singer added.
After a summer of protests, Seattle cuts police department budget by nearly 17%
       
The Seattle City Council on Monday cut its police department budget by nearly 17 percent in a shift that grew out of this past summer's national protests against systemic racism. The panel's 2021 spending plan called for $340 million to be allocated to the Seattle Police Department, down from $409 million this year, representatives of the council and mayor said Tuesday. The union representing Seattle officers decried the budget cutbacks and warned city residents that law enforcement services across the board would be hampered. The tense, ongoing talks to slash the department budget led to the resignation of Carmen Best, who had been Seattle's first Black police chief. Under the new spending plan, dozens of department vacancies will not be filled, overtime will be slashed and 911 dispatching and parking enforcement will be moved away from SPD control.
Covid antibody treatments may keep patients out of the hospital. Who should get the doses first?
       
But doses of the drugs, one made by Regeneron and the other by Eli Lilly, are extremely limited. "It is very challenging," Dr. Raymund Razonable, an infectious disease specialist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said. In fact, the FDA says the Regeneron and the Eli Lilly treatments should not be given to already hospitalized patients, or those on oxygen. With some doses already available and more on the way, hospital systems nationwide are developing protocols for which patients will get the treatments. Complicating matters is that the Eli Lilly and the Regeneron treatments are given by IV infusion, soon after patients test positive.
Ohio professor pursues legal battle after rebuke for misgendering student
       
An Ohio professor is forging ahead with his yearslong legal battle after he was rebuked in 2018 for refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronouns. Nicholas Meriwether has taught philosophy at Shawnee State University, a small public college in Portsmouth, Ohio, since 1996. His lawsuit, filed in November 2018, claimed that the university’s attempt to enforce its nondiscrimination policy was a violation of his First Amendment rights. In February, a U.S. district judge ruled on behalf of the university and dismissed the suit. The university confirmed to NBC News that Meriwether is still a faculty member in good standing at Shawnee State and that it was confident it would win the appeal.
YouTuber niece of Illinois mayor criticizes uncle for attending wedding
       
The internet celebrity niece of an Illinois mayor criticized her uncle on Sunday for attending a family wedding in Florida. Kristin Chirico, former BuzzFeed personality and co-host of YouTube’s “The Kitchen & Jorn Show,” said Naperville mayor Steve Chirico was “not sorry” for his actions, which were a “tremendous insult” to community organizers in the city. “He should be held accountable,” Chirico tweeted on Sunday, addressing organizers in Naperville. I’m rooting for you.”Local Naperville organizers: He's not sorry, and that's a tremendous insult to you and your families. “Upon my return to Naperville, I will be quarantining and testing again.”His niece wasn’t the only one to criticize the mayor.
Covid antibody treatments may keep patients out of the hospital. Who should get the doses first?
       
SEE NEW POSTSCovid antibody treatments may keep patients out of the hospital. “The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. In subsequent videos posted to her account, Locke answers viewers' questions about the vaccine trial and describes her check-ins with the trial's doctors. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. I mean I definitely didn’t expect that so that’s awesome,” Locke told News 4 Nashville.
Illinois nurse describes harrowing frontline work, viral social media post
       
Students who opt for a residential experience must follow strict public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and regularly getting tested. Most social gatherings will be prohibited, students will not be allowed to host visitors, and traveling will be restricted, according to Eisgruber. "We will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic, including public health guidance and state regulations." "Based on their representations, the foreign government allegedly wired the funds to complete the purchase," the statement from Patrick's office said. (Facilities report suspected cases when residents exhibit Covid-19 symptoms but have yet to receive positive test results.)
Princeton University welcomes all students back to campus for Spring 2021
       
SEE NEW POSTSPrinceton University welcomes all students back to campus for Spring 2021 Princeton University announced Tuesday that the school was welcoming both undergraduate and graduate students back to campus next year for the spring semester. Students who opt for a residential experience must follow strict public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and regularly getting tested. Most social gatherings will be prohibited, students will not be allowed to host visitors, and traveling will be restricted, according to Eisgruber. "Based on their representations, the foreign government allegedly wired the funds to complete the purchase," the statement from Patrick's office said. The delays come as many people are seeking Covid-19 tests ahead of Thanksgiving.
Texas men charged with trying to sell 50 million nonexistent N95 masks
       
SEE NEW POSTSTexas men charged with trying to sell 50 million nonexistent N95 masks Two Houston-area men have been charged with attempting to sell 50 million nonexistent N95 masks to a foreign government, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. Share this -TikToker goes viral for sharing AstraZeneca vaccine trial experience Last week, Ashley Locke, a Tennessee-based TikTok user, posted a video of herself participating in the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. In subsequent videos posted to her account, Locke answers viewers' questions about the vaccine trial and describes her check-ins with the trial's doctors. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. They said those signing up say they heard about the trial through social media, with some specifically citing TikTok.
Sen. Coons: 'This long overdue transition is now fully, finally, completely under way'
       
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss President -Elect Biden's picks to fill his administration and the start of a formal transition after GSA ascertainment. Sen. Coons says "This long overdue transition is now fully, finally, completely under way. I'm excited by the nominees announced by President-Elect Biden and to work with them and to support their nominations and confirmation."
9 Ways to Support Small Businesses
       
Be SocialHelp bolster a business’s social media presence by “liking” hardware stores, dry cleaners and other independent shops on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. And consider slightly broader efforts, like community email lists and social media groups like Nextdoor. Retailers are savvy when it comes to selling, but many don’t fully understand that social media plays a crucial role, Ms. Breunig said. Within five days, Ms. Breunig said, 24 Evanston stores were “adopted.”Beyond CharityYou can double the effect of philanthropic efforts by involving small businesses whenever possible. Shop local when buying for clothing drives.
Opinion | Happiness Won’t Save You
       
Then, at 27, she finally realized: “He wanted to leave, and it was his right to leave. I asked if this meant she’d spent the last 38 years secretly believing she’d seeded a family tragedy. She first told me no, not really; she knew her father had tried suicide before. “Did he think that wouldn’t negatively affect me for the rest of my life?” She cried as she said this. But she is mainly protective of her father, more angry with her mother for not allowing the children to properly grieve.
Boeing’s 737 Max Is a Saga of Capitalism Gone Awry
       
After a Boeing 737 Max jet plunged into the ocean off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew members aboard, Boeing quickly diagnosed the problem: faulty software. The company immediately promised to fix the code, reminded pilots how to handle a potential malfunction and insisted the Max was safe. And yet, less than five months later, another 737 Max crashed, this time in Ethiopia. With a total of 346 people now dead, the Max was grounded worldwide, plunging Boeing into its biggest crisis ever. As an avalanche of investigations and reporting over the past 20 months made clear, the true cause of the crashes wasn’t faulty software.
The Brilliant, Bitter, Unlikable Scion of an American Political Dynasty
       
THE LAST AMERICAN ARISTOCRATThe Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry AdamsBy David S. BrownBushes, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Clintons: Where would any of them be without John Quincy Adams? The election of John Quincy Adams proved that political dynasty was possible in the United States. The fact that the Adams family produced just two presidents seems less notable if only because subsequent political dynasties have done the same. When 12-year-old Henry Adams first visited the White House in 1850, he felt as if he “owned” it. Henry had every reason to believe that his father would soon become the third Adams president, and he the fourth.
Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).
       
Before asking GPT-3 to generate new text, you can focus it on particular patterns it may have learned during its training, priming the system for certain tasks. But GPT-3 can do things that previous models could not, like write its own computer code. lab, called GPT-3 “unsafe,” pointing to sexist, racist and otherwise toxic language the system generated when asked to discuss women, Black people, Jews and the Holocaust. And because it learns from internet text that associates atheism with the words “cool” and “correct” and that pairs Islam with “terrorism,” GPT-3 does the same thing. The lab has built filters that warn that toxic language might be coming, but they are merely Band-Aids placed over a problem that no one quite knows how to solve.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Response
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. The country has recorded a total of 5,200 coronavirus cases, according to a New York Times database. A volunteer received a trial coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Moscow in September. Bars and nightclubs will be required to close amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the city. The city’s authorities have toughened and relaxed its social-distancing rules with rises and falls in coronavirus cases.
7 Great ‘This American Life’ Episodes for Thanksgiving
       
The New York Times and “This American Life” formed a new partnership this year, and one of my favorite things about it is that we get to bring the show’s vast archive (more than 700 episodes!) For Thanksgiving listening in a year when so many of us are not with our families because of the pandemic, I’ve picked some shows about family, and some episodes about other stuff, too. I’ve included my favorite interview, possibly my best, I’ve ever done. Listen while cooking or traveling (if you’re risking it) or while doing your Black Friday shopping online. How do you babysit kids who don’t exist?
Grammy Nominations 2021: See the List
       
To be eligible for the 2021 awards, albums and songs must have been released between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020. And there were a few tweaks to the categories and rules this time: best urban contemporary album was renamed best progressive R&B album; best rap/sung performance is now best melodic rap performance; best Latin pop album has expanded to best Latin pop or urban album; best Latin rock, urban or alternative album has become best Latin rock or alternative album; and best world music album will now be known as best global music album. For the always closely watched best new artist, one of the awards’ big four categories, nominees are no longer restricted by having previously released a specific number of albums.
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa Dominate 2021 Grammy Nominations
       
BTS, the K-pop phenomenon, received its first nomination down the ballot in the best pop duo/group category, a placement sure to be noticed by the group’s huge and protective fan base. (The original version, released in June 2019, fell outside the awards’ eligibility window, which covers music that came out from September 2019 to August 2020.) The makeup of live awards shows has been changing throughout the pandemic, with little apparent consensus among producers about how to put an event together. The Billboard Music Awards in October, for example, had no live audience, but the American Music Awards this week had a limited crowd (as well as cardboard cutouts of Beyoncé and Jay-Z). Many details are still being worked out; Trevor Noah, from “The Daily Show,” will be the host.
Georgetown basketball searching for a new identity after troubled year
       
The cherry on top came in September when Georgetown was picked to finish last in the Big East. AD“Started from the bottom, now we’re here,” senior guard Jahvon Blair said, reciting the lyrics during a virtual practice. Despite Ewing not wanting to put the load on specific players, any success in 2020-21 will have to start with Blair and Pickett. Wahab, Blair and Pickett are the only three on the roster who have started a game in a Georgetown uniform. It will be different not playing at Capital One Arena and without fans for the foreseeable future, but Georgetown has bigger concerns.
Princeton will allow students to live on campus in spring term amid the pandemic
       
Students will quarantine when they arrive, they will not be allowed to hold parties or host visitors, and their travels will be restricted. ADIn the spring, Eisgruber said in an interview, he expects Princeton will house in the range of 3,000 to 4,000 undergraduates. Many opted to defer enrollment or take leaves of absence, Eisgruber said, while the pandemic has limited campus activities and in-person teaching. ADMany parents and students have pushed Princeton and other universities to open up more in the spring. It also will set up isolation and quarantine housing to respond to any outbreaks.
The Technology 202: Snap's response to TikTok could create familiar political headaches
       
Yet expanding the ability of user-generated content to go viral could open up Snap to familiar political headaches. So far, the platform has been insulated from many of the regulatory problems encountered by other social media companies because of the way it is fundamentally designed. The company will initially task human moderators to review all content before it can be featured on Spotlight, Snap spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said. There won't be public comments Spotlight, however, insulating it from some of the most divisive corners of social media. The platform is moving into new territory as there's increasing momentum to regulate social media in Washington.
NFL playoff contenders with most reason to worry
       
Here are the playoff contenders with the most reason to worry:Baltimore Ravens: Believe it or not, the issue is the defense. The Ravens have one of the most talented defenses in the NFL, but injuries have decimated it. But after two great games by Tua Tagovailoa, the rookie quarterback was so bad in Sunday’s 20-13 loss to Denver that Flores benched him. Making matters worse: The Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, two successful running teams, are up next on the schedule. Joe Burrow’s injury ended his impressive rookie season, and unfortunately it wasn’t surprising.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
The producers of Russia’s first vaccine, Sputnik V, on Tuesday boasted that it would cost less than $10 a dose on international markets — and had an efficacy of more than 95 percent, similar to competitors. Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine candidate, named after Russia’s first satellite, was the first in the world to be registered — in August — a controversial move because it had not been fully tested at the time. The RDIF statement said vaccination would be free to Russians and begin next year, while the two-shot dose will cost around $20 outside the country. According to the RDIF statement, the preliminary trial results, taken 42 days after the first vaccine shot and 21 days after the second shot, showed 95 percent efficacy. Full trial results would be published at the completion of the Phase 3 trial, it added.
Wilbur Cross’s Thanksgiving proclamation helps to frame priorities in 2020 - The Washington Post
       
As a piece of history, it’s also a reminder of what our leaders could bring to public life, should we choose to ask it of them. ADADCross rose from high school teacher and principal to Sterling professor of English at Yale University before becoming governor. He wrote the Thanksgiving proclamation after an exceptionally difficult year. Yet Cross’s Thanksgiving proclamation did not dwell on these hardships. In 2020, commemorations of Thanksgiving will be more solemn than festive.
Opinion | Canada’s covid-19 crisis needs a targeted response. When will its leaders learn?
       
No provincial leader has developed a covid-19 response strategy that would intervene directly in racialized communities to help them battle outbreaks. Even worse, the premier of Quebec, François Legault, has denied the existence of systemic racism within the province, saying, “My definition of systemic racism is that there’s a system in Quebec of racism, and I don’t think there’s a system. There have also been no workplace safety measures passed that help target the relationship between low-income care work and covid-19 spread. ADFederally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken about systemic racism. If differences in living conditions, workplaces, communities, schools and health services drive covid-19 spread, then addressing that spread requires politicians to acknowledge its particular impact on racialized communities and act accordingly.
Opinion: The 34 million Americans who should be among the first to access a Covid-19 vaccine
       
Last Monday, Moderna announced that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective . Yet even when a safe and effective vaccine is released for delivery to the public, a huge challenge confronts us: There will not immediately be a large enough vaccine supply to inoculate every American. There is no doubt that our country must give first access to populations most at-risk for the worst of Covid-19's complications -- including 34 million Americans living with diabetes. Americans with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, are hospitalized with Covid-19 six times more often as those without. Prioritizing Americans with diabetes for a vaccine means prioritizing communities where the virus is having the gravest impact.
'Hillbilly Elegy' turns J.D. Vance's memoir into a dreary movie
       
(CNN) "Hillbilly Elegy," J.D. Vance's 2016 memoir, won praise for its insight into the forgotten folk whose poverty and hopelessness prompted them to embrace Donald Trump as a political force. That sociology aspect is mostly lost in Netflix's dreary movie adaptation, which focuses on one family trapped in a circular pattern of dysfunction, and how the son escaped it. at Yale, interviewing for positions with snooty law firms and feeling conspicuously out of place alongside the blue-blooded, legacy candidates, who know which fork to use. Haley Bennett, Gabriel Basso and Amy Adams in 'Hillbilly Elegy' (Lacey Terrell/Netflix)At the same time, J.D.
Stakes in Georgia races couldn't be higher. That's why all this money is flowing.
       
after the presidential election just weeks ago, said Republican voter Richard DiGloria, from Gwinnett County, an Atlanta suburb. said state Sen. Marty Harbin, a Republican, who said even he gets frustrated by the endless barrage. "Save your money I don't need any more crap in my mailbox, spam phone calls or emails," said one Georgia Twitter user. A Republican backing Loeffler accuses Warnock of being anti-police, which is followed by a Warnock ad featuring police officers saying those attacks are false. This time that's real," said Nse Ufot, the CEO of the New Georgia Project, a progressive group that works to register voters, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
German prosecutor drops spy case against ex-EU envoy Sabathil
       
Dozens of police officers searched Sabathil’s private residences and offices in a series of raids in January, but they appear to have found nothing to prove that he was a Chinese spy. The former director of the EU diplomatic service’s East Asia division, Sabathil served as the EU’s ambassador to South Korea from 2015 to 2016. That scrutiny heightened after Sabathil, who then headed the Berlin office of Eutop, a Germany-based European lobbying firm, began working for Huawei. The Chinese firm is in the midst of a controversial push to install 5G telecom networks across Europe. The U.S. has warned its European allies that using the gear would expose them to Chinese espionage — accusations both Huawei and the Chinese government have denied.
Experts sound alarm as EU countries roll out coronavirus rapid tests
       
And some EU airports are now routinely mass screening travelers ahead of boarding. And cases in Liverpool have fallen "quite remarkably" following mass testing rollout, according to U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday. Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovi? said that one of the two rapid tests used (RapiGEN and SD Biosensor) is able to detect over 96 percent of positive cases, compared with PCR tests. While patients who test positive with a rapid test in the Liverpool trial must contact their doctor to arrange a corroborating PCR test, France has opted for the opposite: To re-test with PCR those who test negative with the rapid test. In the U.K., the tab might rise to £100 billion to deliver 10 million rapid tests a day.
Publix Worker’s Family Blames Anti-Mask Policy For COVID-19 Death
       
Johnny Louis via Getty Images The family of a Publix worker who died from COVID-19 in April is blaming the grocery store chain in a wrongful death suit, claiming the company directly caused the 70-year-old's death. “Our family is in shock that Publix would prevent its employees from staying safe.”A Publix representative did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on Tuesday. It wasn’t until after Gutierrez fell ill that Publix began allowing its employees to wear masks and gloves at work. Walmart was sued in April by the family of a worker at an Illinois store who contracted the virus and died. The man’s family accused the retailer of failing to adequately screen and protect workers or follow federal health safety guidelines.
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Trump pops into White House briefing room for one-minute impromptu speech
       
The appearance lasted just over a minute, and reporters were given hardly any notice, showing the hastiness of the remarks. The index had hovered near that mark earlier this month amid news that vaccines for coronavirus demonstrated effectiveness and could soon apply for emergency authorization. "I'm very thrilled with what has happened on the vaccine front,” Trump said, with Pence by his side. “That’s been absolutely incredible.”The appearance was not on the president’s schedule until moments before he showed up, and Trump took no questions from the press before exiting the room. Trump is scheduled to hold the annual turkey pardoning ceremony later in the afternoon, a typically light-hearted event the president has seemingly reveled in over his prior three years in office.
Trump Administration in talks with Biden transition team on Covid-19 efforts
       
Share this -TikToker goes viral for sharing AstraZeneca vaccine trial experience Last week, Ashley Locke, a Tennessee-based TikTok user, posted a video of herself participating in the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. “The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. tries to build “one of the most comprehensive Covid-19 vaccine portfolio in the world." The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
Biden's 'balancing act' with early personnel picks shows how he'll govern
       
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first batch of administration picks gives competing wings of the Democratic Party something to celebrate, and sends a signal to the United States that he plans to govern as an institutionalist. Biden is attempting the high-wire act of balancing diversity demands with ideological fissures between progressives and moderates. "The president-elect understands that he has to continue this balancing act in constituting his presidency," Galston said. Obama picked a lot of people from that wing of the party: Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, Arne Duncan, Timothy Geithner and others," said Waleed Shahid, the spokesman. "The party has been slowly breaking away from that ideology for several cycles and Biden's picks seem to be reflecting some of that dynamic," he said.
Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes hit record high
       
In mid-June, Connecticut began requiring weekly Covid-19 tests for all nursing home staff members and residents and funded all the testing. But nursing homes across the country are still reporting shortages of protective equipment and testing delays. Nearly a third of all nursing homes said they had to wait three to seven days to receive Covid-19 test results. Do you have a tip to share about how the coronavirus is affecting nursing homes? One in 5 nursing homes across the U.S. report shortages of aides, and 17 percent have shortages of nurses, according to the latest federal data.
New York Gov. says holiday season could cause statewide positivity rate to rise to 12 percent
       
“The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. In subsequent videos posted to her account, Locke answers viewers' questions about the vaccine trial and describes her check-ins with the trial's doctors. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. I mean I definitely didn’t expect that so that’s awesome,” Locke told News 4 Nashville. tries to build “one of the most comprehensive Covid-19 vaccine portfolio in the world."
National Book Award winner Charles Yu fuses humor with cultural critique
       
"Interior Chinatown," by Charles Yu. Hulu is currently developing “Interior Chinatown” as a series and Yu is adapting his own work. “That didn’t go over super well,” said Yu, the son of an aerospace engineer father and a mother who worked as a school district accountant. Wanting to be responsible and a financially independent member of the family, Yu chose to go to law school instead. Nearly 20 years later, Yu is a permanent part of American literature thanks to the National Book Award.
Family sues after Publix grocery store worker, 70, dies from Covid-19
       
Gerardo Gutierrez, who worked in the deli department of the Miami Beach grocery store, died on April 28 from Covid-19 complications, according to a suit filed Monday. The lawsuit points out that for many workers at the grocery store, social distancing was not possible. "Publix was more concerned with protecting its sales and profits fabricating the excuse that customers would be 'turned off' by employees wearing masks," the lawsuit says. Later that day, Gerardo Gutierrez died as a result of complications caused by COVID-19," the lawsuit states. Ariane Gutierrez, his daughter, said that Publix banning employees from wearing masks was a "careless decision."
Azar says vaccine distribution could begin around Christmas
       
Share this -TikToker goes viral for sharing AstraZeneca vaccine trial experience Last week, Ashley Locke, a Tennessee-based TikTok user, posted a video of herself participating in the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. “The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. In subsequent videos posted to her account, Locke answers viewers' questions about the vaccine trial and describes her check-ins with the trial's doctors. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. tries to build “one of the most comprehensive Covid-19 vaccine portfolio in the world."
Trump touts stock market numbers after Dow hits 30,000 amid vaccine, transition news
       
President Donald Trump held an impromptu briefing where he spoke about the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a record high of 30,000 after news about multiple Covid-19 vaccines and the incoming Biden administration.
With Just 1% of Farms Controlling 70% of Global Farmland, Study Reveals 'Shocking' Level of Land Inequality
       
The warning is laid out in "Uneven Ground: land inequality at the heart of unequal societies." "What we're seeing is that land inequality is fundamentally a product of elite control, corporate interests, and political choices. And although the importance of land inequality is widely accepted, the tools to address it remain weakly implemented and vested interests in existing land distribution patterns, hard to shift," Baldinelli said in a statement. Land inequality diminishes resilience to disease shocks and, at a household level, may lead to loss of shelter and lack of access to infrastructure and services, traditional community networks, and institutions of social reciprocity. Land grabbing and forced evictions have been documented in the context of Covid-19 (ILC, 2020), exacerbating land and land rights inequalities, particularly in societies that are heavily policed.
New Report: A Blueprint for Stronger, More Sustainable American Infrastructure
       
The report lays out a blueprint for federal infrastructure investment in five key areas essential to protecting public health and addressing climate change: energy, water, natural infrastructure, solid waste and transportation. Some of the recommendations include:Invest in renewable energy infrastructure by expanding tax credits for wind, solar and energy storage projects. Invest $11.5 billion per year for clean water to stop sewage overflows and to get the lead out of drinking water. “Clean, safe water is the hallmark of an advanced society,” John Rumpler, Clean Water Program director for Environment America Research & Policy Center and report co-author, said. “The public is overwhelmingly supportive of increasing water infrastructure funding.
Congress Must Urgently Provide $3 Trillion of Fiscal Relief to Stop the Economic Bleeding and Build a Strong Recovery
       
“The Senate’s failure to provide crucial relief and recovery aid has left families without a lifeline and will severely damage prospects for recovery,” said Bivens. Recent history tells us why getting this relief and recovery package right is so crucial. Recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-09 was agonizingly slow, largely because the admirable initial round of fiscal recovery efforts was too small and came offline too quickly. This goal will inform the assessment of how much fiscal support is needed. “Policymakers should not phase out funding too quickly and must continue fiscal support through the end of 2024,” said Bivens.
Get Ready for Donald Trump’s Shadow Government—via Twitter and Fox News
       
Beginning with Barry Goldwater, Republicans grounded their party in the South, building a majority with race-bait politics to divide working people. The Jefferson Davis of this time, Donald Trump is not likely to lead a formal secession. Instead he seems intent on using this lame duck period to undermine the incoming administration. As a lame duck, he is essentially unaccountable, particularly with the Republican Senate not willing to provide a check on his misfeasance. Clearly, there should be a bipartisan committee drawn from both houses of Congress to oversee the lame duck period and limit the damage a bitter untethered president can do.
People’s Action Statement on John Kerry Appointment as Climate Czar
       
WASHINGTON - People’s Action Climate Justice Campaign Director Kaniela Ing released the following statement today after President-Elect Joe Biden appointed Secretary John Kerry as Climate Czar:“Climate change is a global crisis that will require revolutionary cooperation, but over the past four years, Trump and his climate-denying cronies have soured key relationships and humiliated us on the world stage. Secretary John Kerry understands this and is qualified and prepared to tackle the climate crisis with us. “I served on the Climate Power 2020 national advisory board with Secretary John Kerry, and he has shown us that he truly cares about climate change. He played a key role in defeating Trump and committing Biden to a historic $2 trillion climate plan, built upon massive public support for bold climate action. As Climate Czar, John Kerry should leverage his international experience, reestablish the United States globally as a moral leader, and fulfill the climate mandate our people demand and need.”###
Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth
       
This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. At these 12 corporations, owners and executives have reaped billions under the pandemic while their workers have struggled. Back in 2018, when Cummings heard Amazon was coming to Staten Island, she jumped at the opportunity to work there. “I have to scan 1,800 packages an hour, that’s 30 scans a minute and 18,000 during a shift,” said Cummings. But it’s not very transparent about who the person is and where in the plant they work.
Why Biden Must Ignore Sen. Coons' 'Caveats' and Stay on Course to Return to the Iran Deal
       
An incoming Biden administration will need to address these failures. That it is difficult to even ascertain what the goal of this administration’s Iran policy was, or is, exemplifies the incoherence of Trump’s whole presidency. However, in order to repair the harm done by Trump, Biden will have to move quickly and resolutely. President-elect Biden’s stance on the Iran deal was clear when he called Trump’s decision to withdraw a mistake and presciently noted that unilaterally exiting would isolate the United States, not Iran. In contrast, the current Iranian administration has already called for Biden to return the deal.
When They Had to Kill the King. Learnings for the Post-Trump Age.
       
The problem of what to do with Donald Trump once he’s left office is already a matter of heated debate. To raise money to fund his lavish lifestyle, Charles shook down wealthy nobles, extracting forced loans. The wealthier and more powerful Presbyterians were having none of it and went to war with Charles. The most important of those institutions is the rule of law, for without that, there is no other. And they threaten to loom, menacingly, into the future, to ensure that no effort to heal the country can succeed.
Capitalist Competition Is Sabotaging the Race for a Vaccine
       
Capitalist governments are desperate to develop a vaccine because the sooner a vaccine is ready, the sooner baseline exploitation under capitalism can return. It is no surprise that the same countries that dominate the world geopolitically — the United States, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and China — are the main countries in the current vaccine race. A closer look at the United States reveals the vast amount of resources governments are putting into this vaccine race. The vaccine race has amplified the dynamics of imperialism that already exist on a global scale, leaving most of the world to scramble for whatever is left when the great powers are done. In reality, though, the global vaccine race has exposed the falsehood of some of the most closely held beliefs of the capitalist elite.
Yes, It's Time to Come Home—Now
       
Obama had tasked then-Vice President Biden with cajoling McConnell into supporting a piece of legislation favored by the administration. That leaves restoring American global leadership as the sole remaining arena where President Biden might elicit from a McConnell-controlled GOP something other than unremitting obstructionism. An Unexpected Gift for "Sleepy Joe"As his inevitable exit from the White House approaches, President Trump himself may be forcing the issue. Barack Obama inherited the Afghanistan War, promised to win it, and ordered a large-scale surge in the U.S. troop presence there. With time, Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell might even come to see the wisdom of doing so.
'Closest Thing to a Concession' Trump Could Muster, Say Observers as GSA Approves Biden Transition After Weeks of Delay
       
"Thankfully, the threat of having to explain herself before Congress was enough for Emily Murphy to do the right thing." Murphy, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, insisted Monday that her decision-making on the transition was not driven by "fear or favoritism." Don BeyerHours later, Trump fired off another tweet downplaying the significance of the formal start of the Biden transition and peddling now-familiar lies about "fake ballots" costing him the election. "The nation faces multiple crises that demand an orderly transition," added Schumer, "and I look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to get things done to help the American people." Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who coordinated the Obama administration's 2008 transition at the Commerce Department, said the delay in officially beginning the Biden transition was "costly and unnecessary" and urged Trump to "follow the valued tradition established by his predecessors and issue a concession."
'Brutal and Shocking': Outrage After Paris Police Violently Evict Hundreds of Migrants From Tent Encampment
       
"We don't have any place to live, we don't have any place to sleep," Afghan refugee Murtaza Ramiz Voezi told Euronews. Certaines images de la dispersion du campement illicite de migrants place de la République sont choquantes. Je viens de demander un rapport circonstancié sur la réalité des faits au Préfet de police d’ici demain midi. French police have long been condemned by domestic and international human rights groups for their often heavy-handed treatment of refugees and other migrants. Last June, Amnesty International criticized police for violently attacking not only refugees, but also people who help them.
As Feinstein Steps Down as Top Judiciary Democrat, Sunrise Movement Demands She Go One Step Further: 'Resign'
       
—Evan Weber, Sunrise Movement"Today Senator Feinstein released a statement saying she was going to focus more on the climate crisis and relinquish her Judiciary Committee leadership," Evan Weber, the Sunrise Movement's political director, said Monday evening. "Let's be clear, there's no way that would have happened without our movement, but our demand is and has been for Senator Feinstein to not just step down, but resign." @SenFeinstein's made it clear it's time for @SenSchumer to end seniority determining committee leadership. Now, time for her resign & make way for representative leadership in CA who'll fight for a #GreenNewDeal—like @RoKhanna or @BLeeForCongress. pic.twitter.com/0zAkaxruMI — Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) February 22, 2019Based on seniority, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are next in line for the top Democratic spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Donald 'I Concede NOTHING!' Trump Retweets Utterly Unhinged Randy Quaid
       
President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets Tuesday morning that included continued baseless assertions of "ballot fraud" and several retweets of strange rants from American actor Randy Quaid. pic.twitter.com/IhnDXCJ7a7 — Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) November 13, 2020Another Quaid video Trump retweeted Tuesday was from more than a year ago:SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. Three other Quaid tweets just elevated by Trump are marked with Twitter's warning: "This claim about election fraud is disputed." https://t.co/I1hgtxe486 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020Trump also wrote on his timeline Tuesday "RIGGED ELECTION!" and retweeted a right-wing outlet's tweet of a picture of the president and the words "I concede NOTHING!!!!!"
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'Go Big, and Stay Big': Economists Call for $3 Trillion Covid Relief Package to Stop Nation's Descent Into Ruin
       
"People across the country are going hungry, Covid is set to explode, and Mitch McConnell dismissed the Senate last week. "The Senate's failure to provide crucial relief and recovery aid has left families without a lifeline and will severely damage prospects for recovery," Bivens said in a statement. Bivens also stressed the need for sustained fiscal support instead of relief that expires before the economy has fully recovered. "Policymakers should not phase out funding too quickly and must continue fiscal support through the end of 2024," said Bivens. If large fiscal support is removed quickly, the fiscal contraction can overwhelm private sources of growth and tip the economy back into recession."
As Retail Giants Enjoy Soaring Profits, Workers Demand Hazard Pay Amid Soaring Pandemic
       
$5 per hour in essential pay, safety on the job, and real protections from retaliation." $5 per hour in essential pay, safety on the job, and real protections from retaliation." The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has reported that 350 of its members have died of the disease. "America's essential workers are facing a holiday season of unparalleled danger," Marc Perrone, president of the UFCW, told reporters Monday. Separate from the Five to Survive campaign, the UFCW on Monday demanded greater safety protections for retail workers.
Demanding Reversal of Trump Cruelty, Immigrant Rights Groups Welcome Biden Pick of Mayorkas for DHS Secretary
       
"After the cruelty and devastation wrought by the Trump administration, Mayorkas has a mandate to overhaul DHS." "A dedicated public servant and Cuban immigrant, Alejandro Mayorkas is a fantastic choice to lead DHS," Castro said. "After the cruelty and devastation wrought by the Trump administration, Mayorkas has a mandate to overhaul DHS." Ali Mayorkas will be first Latino to lead DHS. RAICES, an immigration legal services nonprofit, expressed hope that Mayorkas will "change the direction of DHS once and for all."
DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Great Pretext … for Dystopia
       
In their World Economic Forum treatise Covid-19: The Great Reset, economists Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret bring us the voice of would-be Global Governance. Engineer-economist Klaus Schwab, born in Ravensburg, Germany, in 1938, founded his World Economic Forum in 1971, attracting massive sponsorship from international corporations. The Great Reset has a boulevard open to it for the simple reason that there is nothing in its way. We could take the proposals of the Great Reset one by one and examine them in both pragmatic and ethical terms. The memoirs of Diana Johnstone’s father Paul H. Johnstone, From MAD to Madness, was published by Clarity Press, with her commentary.
Hollywood, the Bush Years, and America’s Memory Hole ? Current Affairs
       
But why has everyone forgotten the Iraq War, and all the crimes of the Bush administration? But the crimes of the Bush administration have left hardly a dent there. We watch all the results that spiraled out from the events of the Bush administration, a teacup on saucer on a teacup on saucer on a teacup on saucer. The Bush administration is the lynchpin of that story. During the Bush administration, the Pentagon planted analysts on the TV news networks, literally giving them their talking points.
Trump’s Stranglehold on the Republicans is a National Security Problem
       
It is mindboggling that the Republicans in congress have resolutely defended and supported Trump given his many malfeasances . It is mindboggling that the Republicans in congress have resolutely defended and supported Trump given his many malfeasances. So, what is it about Congressional Republicans defending Trump even when national security is being compromised or the behavior violates the constitution or even the law? Trump wanted to know as they [Trump, Pecker, and Cohen] sat in his office. Is this proof that Trump really has damaging information about some of these Republicans especially, those in leadership positions?
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
       
A cyclist balances a basketball on his head in Brooklyn. Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
President-Elect Joe Biden's choice of John Kerry as climate czar draws both praise and criticism
       
Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry to be his special presidential envoy for climate, a new position in the cabinet. Responses from national environmental, climate, indigenous and public interests groups to Biden’s announcement ranged from praise by the Sierra Club to cause for alarm by Food and Water Watch. The former Secretary of State represented the US at global climate negotiations. Kerry has been a long-time apologist for fossil fuel fracking, and a reliable promoter of false climate solutions like market-based carbon-trading schemes. “Biden’s appointment of John Kerry is a clear indication that he is not yet motivated or prepared to adequately address the climate crisis with the seriousness it requires.
This is what happens when the protagonists of misinformation believe it themselves.
       
Could Ted Cruz be this inept, or is it pure politics? This is what happens when the protagonists of misinformation believe it themselves. Ted Cruz got caught! Watch the modified clip of Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is a poser.
Morning Open Thread: Happy Christmas
       
"Everything will be okay in the end. - John LennonMorning Open Thread is a daily, copyrighted post from a host of editors and guest writers. We support our community, invite and share ideas, and encourage thoughtful, respectful dialogue in an open forum. The diarist gets to sleep in if he/she so desires and can show up long after the post is published. ~Mornin’ y’all —Forty-nine years ago today, this little bit of heaven was dropped on us all.
Kagro in the Morning is LIVE at 9 AM ET!
       
But unfortunately, it’s Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, which means there are too many people out on vacation over on the front page for Joan to be able to get free to call in. This is probably Donald Trump’s fault, when you get right down to it. The transition is finally under way, Trump’s “legal team” seems intent on giving us a few more laughs, and… something, something, pandemic. Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.
Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday
       
JEERS to taking your life in your hands: holiday travel edition. In addition to CDC guidance, travelers should also be aware of local and state travel restrictions, including testing requirements and quarantine orders. AAA anticipates Thanksgiving air travel volume will be down by nearly half of prior years—to 2.4 million travelers. CHEERS to "Old Rough 'n Ready." -Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial Daily Kos is a blog trying to hold Cheers and Jeers at arm’s length and also make sweet passionate love to it at the same time.
Cartoon: Disappearing Detroit
       
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: The Biden administration begins to take shape
       
Dana Milbank at The Washington Post on the status of Trump’s attack on the election:It’s all over but the pouting. Now, as then, these aren’t just any old conspiracy theories, but ones that hinge on the fundamental illegitimacy of a whole class of Americans. Back to the Biden transition, Saikat Chakrabarti at The Nation highlights moves Biden can make even with a Republican Senate:As it turns out, Biden can directly and swiftly implement almost all of his plan to “Build Back Better” and renew the American economy without Congress—using only his presidential powers and responsibilities. A new memo sent to the Biden transition team by my colleagues at New Consensus lays out exactly how he can do so. On a final note, don’t miss this update on the Georgia Senate run-off election at The Daily Beast:
"Play nice" does not have to mean "be weak."
       
.but it misses a very important point: being civil is not necessarily the same as being weak. “Play nice” does not necessarily mean “let the bully win.” It can lead to that, but it doesn’t have to. Turned out that the motel rooms we had reserved for an upcoming teacher conference at a distant small city had been given to somebody else. Note that “civil discourse” does not mean no lawsuits; inter-governmental disputes often have to be settled by the courts. If he does that, I think it will lay a good foundation for further Democratic victories in 2022 and 2024.
A few action items to help win the GA runoffs for TODAY
       
Let's work our ossoff on the road to victoryI did a deep dive into all the ways you can support Job Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock to win the Georgia runoffs in This is how we are going to win the GA runoffs - a (nearly) complete guide. This diary gives you a concise list of things you can do today, based on the information provided in guide. They’re raising funds to help support the Georgia Senate Runoffs by supporting Fair Fight, the New Georgia Project, and Black Voters Matter. They’re auctioning of items for both romance writers and fans, e. g. autographed books, critiques & consultations by top authors, zoom chats and much more. All auctions run until 9PM EST today at the Romancing the Runoffs website.
New Book Explores Current History Of ‘The Disinformation Age’ We Inhabit
       
Today we’ll be looking more closely at his life’s work, as captured in a new book on The Disinformation Age . It details the history of disinformation and origins of “asymmetric propaganda in American media” (more lies on the right), and how bad actors successfully “flooded the zone” online with misinformation. From there, the next section of Disinformation Age deals with how disinformation has blossomed online, why it’s so hard to regulate, and what past examples of propaganda have to teach us. The last lesson is that solutions need to address the societal divisions if it’s to heal the divide on social media. Disinformation often preys on discord, and a well-functioning and fact-checked media requires mutual trust between readers and publishers.
Why There Was No Blue Wave -It’s The Economy Stupid
       
Back in October, another blue wave was widely predicted by Democrats, pollsters and the pundits. Biden’s national popular vote lead has now passed 6 million votes. The President-elect has now won 10 million more votes than any presidential candidate in U.S. history. The presidential election wasn’t particularly close. The explanation can be found in James Carville’s slogan from the successful Clinton campaign of 1992: It’s the economy stupid!
Indians 201: A very short overview of Kiowa religion
       
Kiowa religion is based on a sacred power (dwdw), a force that permeated the universe and could be found in spirits, objects, places, or natural phenomena. There is a hierarchy of spiritual power: the spiritual power of predators is more powerful than that of their prey; the spiritual powers from above, such as the sun, are stronger than the earthly animals. Through the successful completion of the vision quest, the seeker obtains a guardian or tutelary spirit. These two realms of spiritual power were generally mutually exclusive: one became either a great warrior or a great curer. These shields, along with the associated spiritual power, could be given to a son or sold to a friend.
New Day Cafe: A Tale For Tuesday
       
Good morning, Cafe! Normally, I’d be thinking of doing something Thanksgiving-ish, but since this is 2020, and all...well! From Quora, by Shay Simmons In 2018, several thousand knitters from all over the world descended on Edinburgh for the annual Yarn Festival. Two friends and I had booked rooms in a lovely guesthouse and found three other knitting ladies already in residence (total: four Yanks and two Austrians). We held back the first day, but the close of the second day's activities found us all staggering out of the old Corn Exchange quite heavily-laden.
The Daily Bucket. Wayward Bird? My good fortune.
       
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)November 21, 2020This bird, photographed out on the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape, in a sense does not belong here. Good thing I didn’t, because I would have missed the Loggerhead Shrike. Lacking a raptor’s talons, Loggerhead Shrikes skewer their kills on thorns or barbed wire or wedge them into tight places for easy eating. Loggerhead Shrikes sometimes go hunting on cold mornings, when insect prey are immobilized by low temperatures. The longest-lived Loggerhead Shrike on record—a male—was at least 11 years, 9 months old when it was caught and released in 2010 by researchers in California.
Amy Tan: This book is "better than Xanax and Zen meditation" for your Trump Derangement Syndrome
       
Longtime Kossack here (joined in 2003, took my “Kevvboy” handle in 2004). I’ve just published a book of my attempt to mine the humor out of Big Orange in his first, and thankfully last, term. The link to order the book: www.amazon.com/…Sorry for the commercial post, but Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have ALL rejected ads for this book because it contains “political content.” So I’m getting out the word the best I can. “Mark Childress’ puncture-sharp wit kept me sane during the Trumpian days of torment. What joy to have the complete compendium of horrors, delivered in the form of pure literary genius.
Are masks as effective as vaccines?
       
There is a recurring rumor floating around that masks are as effective as vaccines. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that wearing face masks may be more effective at protecting against COVID-19 than a vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna have each reported vaccines that were 95 percent effective in clinical trials. Not only did the hybrid masks outperform all other two- or three-layer masks made of a single material, they were superior to N95 masks for particles smaller than 300 nanometers and only slightly inferior for larger particles. Mutations would not influence the vaccine’s effectiveness, officials claim.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, Tarrytown Chowder Tuesdays
       
Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, Biden's cabinet picks include historic firsts. After the break, we move to the Chef’s Table where Warsaw police dragged a female photojournalist away from the women-led pro-abortion protests that have roiled Poland for months; and, after operating for 20 years, Western Union closed its four hundred seven Cuban locations as part of a barrage of Trump-ordered sanctions against the island. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam. Bon Appétit! The Netroots Radio Live Player
Goodbye to the Tweet addicted president, welcome BuildBackBetter.gov and real press conferences
       
Opinion by Hal BrownPresident Joe Biden now has a dot gov for his website BuildBackBeter.gov He still has his Twitter page (with 19 million followers) and Facebook account (7.7 million followers). Trump has almost 90 million followers on Twitter. Even if President Biden keeps Twitter we certainly won’t have a president who is awake and rage tweeting in the wee hours of the morning. White House press conferences, with or without the president participating, became an exercise in the theater of the absurd under Trump. I think we will see two or more press conferences a week in the Biden administration with the president participating only when there is vital information to announce.
Psychological Politics
       
A majority of us have come to realize that pouting, spurious lawsuits, and bellowing unfair is not done, not necessary, and won’t work. They must surely realize that they were elected by the very process Trump is claiming as fraudulent. The Trump culture resembles a quasi-religious cult in the sense that believing without evidence appears to be a universal requirement. Now that the election is over, there is no money going to anybody for relief of a desperate economic situation. We will find unity and trust while doing the work that lies ahead.
Air Force Green Lights Christian Jewelry Company’s Proselytizing in Military Base Exchanges
       
Last year, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) exposed a Christian jewelry company that was wrongfully using official military emblems on its religious jewelry, specifically its imitation dog tags. Now there is another issue with Shields of Strength’s religious jewelry, recently reported to MRFF by a retired Air Force NCO – the displays of the company’s religious dog tags in Air Force base exchanges. (For my three part debunking of all the christian nationalist lies in that book see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) Boykin gave many in the field just the kind of warrior code they needed to fulfill their duties with moral passion.”Shields of Strength is of course free to make dog tags with Bible verses on them. They just can’t illicitly use official trademarked military emblems and logo on them.
Janet Yellen, with an extensive resumé, poised to become first woman to serve as treasury secretary
       
A former academic who taught at University of California, Berkeley, Yellen knows her way around Washington. In fact, Massachusetts Sen. Warren praised exactly that track record in endorsing the pick, calling Yellen "smart, tough, and principled." "I’d look forward to working with Secretary Yellen to strengthen our economy, tackle inequality, and protect consumers." Yellen herself has said she was attracted to becoming an economist as a vehicle to improving other people’s lives. “I care about people,” she said in a 2013 interview with New York University economics professor Simon Bowmaker.
Advocates applaud Biden's DHS nominee, calling him the 'right person to undo Trump’s cruelties'
       
A number of advocates, including Lorella Community Change co-president Lorella Praeli and United We Dream Executive Director Greisa Martínez Rosas, noted Mayorkas was essential in the successful and popular program’s creation. “This administration must avoid the punitive approach of previous administrations and uphold rather than compromise the rights of immigrants,” Shah continued. The incoming administration has confirmed it intends to act on protecting young undocumented immigrants immediately after Biden is sworn in. So, we’ve got a busy, busy day one on ready scenario here.”“Alejandro Mayorkas is an inspired choice,” America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry said. “He’s the right person to undo Trump’s cruelties, advance fair and humane policies, and deliver on the bold change the American people strongly support.”
Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 11
       
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Minnesota certifies the election today.
       
No drama whatsoever is expected, but I think I’ll listen in anyway. Minnesota Secretary of State Canvassing BoardThe State Canvassing Board will meet on November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm [Central] to certify the official results report for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. The public may listen to the meeting via phone by dialing 1-877-397-5412 and entering conference ID 9693194. This State Canvassing Board will consist of:
Florida Republican wins by 32 votes after last minute $550k funds dubious spoiler candidate
       
One day later, one of the PACs -- Our Florida PC -- got $370,000 from Proclivity; the other -- The Truth PC -- got $180,000. The Washington Post also had a hard time finding the mysterious Alex Rodriguez. Turns out that guy was Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez telling a reporter he isn’t Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez is not the only “ghost candidate” to appear in close races on the ballots in Florida.
Mistrust of government leading Latino and Black Americans to be anxious about vaccine, survey shows
       
“For many Black people, the lack of trust in the coronavirus vaccine is rooted in history, some experts said,” The Washington Post reported. “The bodies of Black people who were enslaved were used by medical schools for anatomy dissections. Black women were used for gynecologic research, experimentation and sterilization, White noted.”This medical abuse and torture isn’t something of yesteryear—it’s happening right now. “For Latino people, similar factors were the main predictors in vaccine acceptance,” The Washington Post reported. “Our community is not trusting systems right now,” Luz Gallegos, director of advocacy group TODEC, recently told The Desert Sun.
Michigan science professor on administrative leave following bizarre COVID-19 remarks
       
In a statement on his website, dated Nov. 23, Brennan characterized the student newspaper’s article as a “hit piece” and said he is not a racist, science-denier, or anti-Semite. He went on to describe vivid anxiety about mandatory vaccines and not being able to buy groceries at the market without evidence of receiving one. More than 250,000 Americans have died due to the virus, unemployment numbers are skyrocketing, families are facing evictions and food insecurity, and the Trump administration continues to flounder. Wear masks, wash our hands, and practice social distancing as much as possible. Also—support your local newspapers, including ones run by students.
HISTORIC MANDATE: Biden-Harris Exceed 80M Votes, Shatter All-Time Population-Share Record
       
Here’s what Cook’s is showing right now:As many had predicted, Biden-Harris will end this election with well over 80 MILLION VOTES. A Huge, Historic, Popular Mandate. When all is said and done — unless I’m mistaken — Biden-Harris’ vote as a share of the entire population will have broken the previous record by at least ~1.5%! To use an Olympic analogy, Biden-Harris’ popular vote records are on the level of Mexico 1968. The people showed up in unprecedented numbers, to vote out an incumbent for the first time in a generation, and to support Biden-Harris for the White House.
Rudy Went A-Courtin'
       
Rudy Went A-Courtin’Rudy went a-courtin' and he did ride, M-hm, M-hm. Rudy went a-courtin' and he did ride,Flask and hair dye by his side, M-hm, M-hm. M-hm, M-hm. Then ol' Rudy went back to his hotel, M-hm, M-hm,Then ol' Rudy went back to his hotelTo celebrate having done so well, M-hm, M-hm. The next to come was Vanka T, M-hm, M-hm,The next to come was Vanka TSinging "Me-me me-me me-me me-me me-me me-me me," M-hm, M-hm.
Autogolpotic Asphyxiation: #WeWillNotStandForThisDepravedAssaultOnAllOurLilyWhiteConstitutionalIngra
       

IT'S A GIANT PLOT INVOLVING DEAD HUGO CHAVEZ AND MILLIONS OF FRAUDULENT VOTES BEING CAST. .#WeWillNotStandForThisDepravedAssaultOnAllOurLilyWhiteConstitutionalIngrainedFraudlentVeryBadPeoplesAttackOnOurDemocraOhErpRepublicoficiationofTheUSConst

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For some strange reason, *shrugs,* the above did not work on the American people . With Michigan certified in glorious anticlimax, Pennsylvania essentially a done deal, and that insane person at the GSA finally convinced . Maybe he IS that guy for the Moment.

At the very least, we can rest assured that . (checks date) in less than two months, we will not be worried about what the sitting President of the United States is tweeting.

**98% confidence

Pennsylvania finalized result
       
www.reuters.com/…WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pennsylvania has certified its Nov. 3 election results, finalizing Democrat Joe Biden as winner of the U.S. presidential contest, the state’s governor said on Tuesday, cementing Biden’s victory in the key political battleground state.
Trump reduced to so much whining on Twitter
       
Since Election Day, Trump has ducked nearly all public appearances, preferring instead to stew on the links. But reducing his schedule to almost nothing but golf and some cable TV coverage (which must mostly be killing him) has really reduced Trump to emoting through the projectile stream of consciousness sludge populating his Twitter feed. Since Election Day, The New York Times found Trump has amassed some 550 tweets, roughly three-quarters of which have been dedicated to his bogus claims of election fraud. "In total, the president attacked the legitimacy of the election more than 400 times since Election Day," writes the Times. This handy graphic shows how Trump's imaginary election fraud claims have dominated both his mind and his Twitter feed.
Yes, it is time to tRUMP-Proof the Democracy. Here is my way too long list to add in a reply.
       
That’s one lobbyist for every 14 political appointees, and four times more than Obama had appointed six years into office. and God hates tRUMP (tRUMP was blurred out) the very word RUMP used when he spoke of assaulting women, was blurred in the Woman’s exhibit at the National Archives!! Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump dropped the proposal to eliminate Ebola funds a month later. But other White House efforts included reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. Also, in 2017, Trump sought to eliminate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials.
Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Elaine Morgan- 2020 Update
       
Rhode Island State Senator Elaine Morgan, who you can always count on to try and stop minimum wage increases, and make paranoid declarations about refugees who are practitioners of Islam. I can see taking Syrian refugees in, but keeping them all centralized – it sounds a little barbaric, but we need to centralize them and keep them in one central area.”In 2017, Elaine Morgan co-sponsored an unsuccessful attempt to pass a law to drug test welfare recipients. Point being, Morgan’s an idiot for even suggesting such a thing, and thankfully the Democratic majority voted down her attempt. And, in an extremely depressing turn of events… the Rhode Island GOP did not find anyone to challenge Elaine Morgan for her seat on the Rhode Island State Senate in 2020, thus she again got her party’s nomination unopposed, before going on to barely survive defeat Democrat Jennifer Douglas with 54% of the vote. One Year Ago, November 24th, 2019: Elaine Morgan (RI)… 2019 UpdateTwo Years Ago, November 24th, 2018: Elaine Morgan (RI)… 2018 UpdateThree Years Ago, November 24th, 2017: Elaine Morgan (RI)… 2017 UpdateFour Years Ago, November 24th, 2016: Elaine Morgan (RI)… 2016 UpdateFive Years Ago, November 24th, 2015: Elaine Morgan (RI)… Original ProfileSix Years Ago, November 24th, 2014: Roger Rivard (WI)
The Republicans’ Dangerous Delegitimization of Democratic Presidents
       
And in that effort to cripple the President, the Republicans in Congress were aided by their delegitimizing Obama in the eyes of a substantial portion of the Republican base. Obama basically forfeited the battle over the minds of the Republican base — i.e. He never really denounced — in powerful terms – the Republicans’ disgraceful lying to pervert the intended operation of power in our constitutional system. -- to find a Democratic President whom the Republicans have acknowledged as entitled to exercise the powers the people have bestowed on him. That reveals the dark power that has taken over a once-respectable Republican Party.
Good News Roundup
       
Coming right up:Trump Stooge Finally Folds — Biden Transition Cleared, HuffPost, November 23, 2020. — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 23, 2020? Biden TransitionAnd here is what we have to look forward to in 2021 — an administration that is competent, serious and working for the greater good. ? Musical Break ?? Good Public Health News ?AstraZeneca vaccine can be up to 90% effective; COVID-19 reinfection unlikely for at least six months, Nancy Lapid, Reuters, November 23, 2020. :?? Lightning Roundup ????It’s not too late to do the right thing: For The Love Of God, Please Cancel Your Thanksgiving Plans, Dao Nguyen, Jonah Peretti and Jessica Probus, BussFeedNews, November 23, 2020. ?? Catchy title, substantive article): Pay Americans to Wear Masks, Joshua Barocas and Gregg Gonsalves, SLate, November 23, 2020.
Behold: The Most Anticipated Dot Gov Ever.
       
What began as a dot com in the storm is now officially a dot gov. Nice to see that DOT GOV ending to this website. https://t.co/nmfK9fromj #BuildBackBetter — Michael Henry (@mikehenry34) November 24, 2020Buildbackbetter.gov takes you to an oasis of sanity. President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris are ready for renewal. President-Reject, soon to be President-Eject is ready for a world of endless litigation and golf.
The Future of Food
       
As I shopped, I noticed grumpy customers frantically snatching up food for the holidays. Yes, our food world has shifted dramatically. To read about the food plan in Belo Horizonte, follow these links to articles in Yes! This City Made Access to Food a Right of CitizenshipYes! This City Makes Sure No One Goes Hungry--Even During CovidEssentially, the city made access to healthy food a right of citizenship.
US Republicans now openly siding with the Axis powers of WWII
       
I mean, who would want to be associated with these kind of terrible ideas, really? Did you know some Japanese soldiers kept fighting for decades after the war? @Cernovich @ali @kelliwardaz pic.twitter.com/w74Dfvw3fX — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 24, 2020Republican Representative Paul Gossar, who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional, took to Twitter to praise Japanese soldiers who held out after the war. - Charles LindberghNow, Republican Gossar wants to line his belief up in Donald Trump as a positive connection to the Axis powers of World War 2. Well, Representative Gossar, you go side with the Axis.
John Kerry declared war on climate change deniers in an effort named World War Zero.
       
In his dramatic speech, Secretary Kerry, who has been nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden, to be the first ‘Climate Tsar’ in a cabinet-level position, declared war on climate change deniers and their enablers. The principals of the World War Zero organization were quite active in the 2020 elections. Hoorah, Secretary Kerry, the world needs a hero and we will do our best to have your back. John Kerry (75) gave a stern warning about demagoguery and denial of the climate crisis and the lack of political leadership. Climate deniers have declared war on science facts, and then we must declare war on those who oppose facts, Kerry explained.
Potential Diabetes cure at Universty of Alberta, Edmonton
       
One hundred years after Banting and Best discovered insulin at the University of Toronto, there is new hope a cure might well have been found at U of A. "The stem cell therapy that Dr. Shapiro is proposing has none of these drawbacks. The University of Alberta team foresee a one-time injection — with possible re-ups later on — of insulin-producing cells derived from human stem cells. nationalpost.com/…Our family has had members in at least 4 successive generations who suffered from the disease. Promising progress on covid19 vaccines also continues at a number of Canadian universities working in various groupings together.
Speaker Pelosi: Time to Jam-Up McConnell
       
I’m sorry the time for the HEROS act has passed, but the need for it has not. It is clear that Leader McConnell is only interested in power games. Look at the Heroes act, where we are today and break it apart and pass multiple targeted actions. But do so in such a way as it will cause pain to McConnell. With your narrow control of the House you have to setup the dynamic so that the path flows through the coming administration and get your young guns pointed at 2022.
Mysterious Monolith Discovered in Utah
       
I'm feeling an urge to use tools. Time to get your evolution on. A mysterious monolith has been discovered in a remote part of Utah after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter. The structure, estimated to be 3 metres high, appears to be made from metal. Speculations?
Morning Digest: Biden flipped two key Virginia House seats that Democrats picked up in the midterms
       
Over in the Richmond suburbs, the 7th District swung from 50-44 Trump to 50-49 Biden; freshman Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger held on 51-49 against Republican Del. The 10th District in Northern Virginia favored Clinton 52-42, but Biden took it by an even stronger 59-40 margin. However, Republican Rep. The 5th went from 53-42 to 54-45 Trump, while Republican Bob Good won a very expensive open seat contest 52-47 against Democrat Cameron Webb. Paul inquired, "There's been some talk in the party about you running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2022.
There has been one successful coup d'etat in the United States. It foreshadowed the rise of Trump
       
Writing for the New York Review of Books, Blight, in reviewing David Zucchino’s recent book, Wilmington’s Lie, explains what happened in Wilmington, North Carolina at the conclusion of the nineteenth century, and why it happened. Leaders of the coup employed tactics ranging from vicious newspaper propaganda and economic intimidation to arson and lynching. Despite these efforts, blacks continued to assert and increase their political participation and power in North Carolina, particularly in the second Congressional district, which encompassed Wilmington. The mixed race, educated grandson of a former North Carolina governor and one of his enslaved women, Manly nonetheless identified as black. As Blight notes, the impact of the Wilmington massacre (he calls it a “pogrom”) was felt statewide, and determined the fate of North Carolina for decades to come.
Trump loses 5 more post-election challenges, just in Pennsylvania
       
Election law expert Rick Hasen details the bonkers in a thread, starting with the fact that the team was 19 minutes late in filing. It really goes downhill from there, including the fact that they're asking the appeals court to do things an appeals court doesn't do—like grant temporary restraining orders. It's just a mess, but the ultimate intent is to somehow get the appeals court to prevent the certification of Pennsylvania's vote—throw out all of the 6.8 million Pennsylvania votes so that the Republican legislature can pick Trump electors. The loose deadline for certification was end of the business day Monday, but four counties missed the deadline delaying the final certification. Out of 43 post-election cases in six states, there are now 11 active and Trump has lost 35 times.
Trump is pushing more conspiracy theories as Biden's formal transition begins
       
Our big lawsuit, which spells out in great detail all of the ballot fraud and more, will soon be filled. RIGGED ELECTION!”Poll: People who believe what Trump says believe the thing he keeps telling them. Is this “big lawsuit” kind of like Trump’s healthcare plan, or infrastructure week? Trump is still flailing and screaming, and a frightening number of his supporters still believe his lies about the election having been stolen. It’s clear that the realization is starting to set in for Trump and his supporters alike, even if their initial response is furious denial.
Malema slams African govts for attending US embassy opening in Israel
       
This follows the killing of at least 60 Palestinian protesters and the wounding of about two-thousand more along the Gaza-Israel border. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has slammed African governments which attended the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The move has been met with fierce criticism by some Western powers and pro-Palestine human rights groups, resulting in South Africa withdrawing its ambassador to Israel. This follows the killing of at least 60 Palestinian protesters and the wounding of about two-thousand more along the Gaza-Israel border. It’s a violation of human rights to go and occupy the land of Palestinians.
Biden-Harris transition has a message for Trump lackeys: We're coming for you
       
Read it (all the way to the end) and weep (for joy):x Statement by Biden-Harris Transition Executive Director Yohannes Abraham. pic.twitter.com/lPflye5iTO — Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 24, 2020Just in case it’s too tiny, and because it is just so satisfying to see in print: “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”Thank you, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Transition Executive Director Yohannes Abraham. Your priorities are exactly right.
Pennsylvania certifies Biden's win. It's all over but Trump's bitter, loser crying
       
It's official, President-elect Joe Biden won the state of Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday morning that the secretary of state has certified the results. “Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States,” Wolf tweeted. "Again, I want to thank the election officials who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country’s history," Wolf added. "Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably."
750,000 Georgians have already requested their ballots
       
(That number is already three times the number of absentee ballots that were requested in all of 2018.) There’s lots of talk about turning into militias as a response to their disenchantment with the Republican Party. We have to send a clear message to the Republican party that we expect them to listen to us and without us they have no power. I live in Georgia and am disgusted with the Republican party here refusing to support President Trump. Let's tear down the republican party and remake it as a populist party for people like us.
Malawi to be first African state with embassy in Jerusalem
       
Ivory Coast, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Kenya were among 16 countries that opened embassies in Jerusalem starting in the 1950s, and closed them following the Yom Kippur War, when may African states cut ties with Israel. When they reestablished diplomatic relations in the 1980s, they opened embassies in the Tel Aviv area. cnxps.cmd.push(function () { cnxps({ playerId: '36af7c51-0caf-4741-9824-2c941fc6c17b' }).render('4c4d856e0e6f4e3d808bbc1715e132f6'); });if(window.location.pathname.indexOf("647856") != -1) {console.log("hedva connatix");document.getElementsByClassName("divConnatix")[0].style.display ="none";}Malawi plans to open an embassy in Israel and and place it in Jerusalem, making it the first African state to do so in recent decades, Malawian Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka announced Tuesday during a visit to Israel.Malawi, which does not have an embassy in Israel, plans to open one by next summer, he said.Malawi is a “pioneer,” and the decision is “further proof of the ties between the country and the widening of the circle of peace,” Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said.“Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, will be a bridge of peace for the whole world, and I call on more countries to follow in Malawi’s path and move their embassies to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” he said.The United States and Guatemala are the only countries that have embassies in Jerusalem, although several other others have said they would open one, including Brazil, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Honduras, Moldova, Romania and the Czech Republic.Since its founding in 1964, Malawi is one of the few African states with which Israel has had continuous diplomatic relations. It has provided Malawi with aid, especially in agriculture, for many years.In a joint statement, Ashkenazi committed to have an Israeli development expert posted in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, and to introduce courses for Malawi from MASHAV, the Foreign Ministry’s development age
Theologian, former pastor Lazarus Chakwera wins Malawi presidential race
       
Opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won Malawi's latest presidential race, defeating incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote. Chakwera is a theologian, pastor and former President of the Malawi Assemblies of God. He is the first opposition leader in Northern sub-saharan Africa to win a voting rerun after a result has been overturned due to fraud or irregularity. Speaking to the BBC after being sworn in on Sunday, Chakwera promised to unite the troubled African nation and root out government corruption. The new president added: "I do feel like Lazarus, I've come back from the dead, it's been a long journey and we feel vindicated in a way."
Malawi’s New President, a Christian Theologian, Confronts Corruption and Coronavirus
       
It was the first time in Africa that a court-overturned vote resulted in the defeat of an incumbent president. Describing his political ambitions as a divine calling, Chakwera said, “God spoke to my heart…. “Christians dream for a better country and an improved leadership,” said Matilda Matabwa, secretary general of the Malawian Assemblies of God. Chakwera taught at the Pan African Theological Seminary and the Assemblies of God School of Theology, where he also served as chair. Christian leaders in Kenya have also voiced their support, according to a report by Nairobi-based reporter Tom Osanjo for Religion Unplugged.
Talking Robots And The Culture Of Enslavement
       
I can imagine being read to by Courtney Barnett, who should never have to pay taxes again in this life. You turn to a human subordinate, and say what you say to the coffee-bot: "Coffee." In America, I don't think so. Today, even when enslavement and household servants seem a thing of the past, everybody already knows exactly what that's like. When we get our hands on a walking, talking See Threepio, we will get over the normal slave-driver guilt after a surprisingly short period of adjustment.
Mask Mandates: COVID-19 and the Law of the Instrument
       
The first two mask mandates didn't achieve the desired result! Keep in mind that the question of whether masks "work" is not the same as the question of whether mask mandates "work," if by "work" we mean "impede the spread of COVID-19." Fauci on mask mandates and other government orders in November: "Now is the time to do what you're told." The moral of the story:If it makes you feel better to wear a mask, wear a mask. If the law requires a mask and you'd rather obey it than fight it, wear a mask.
The Supreme Court's "Breathtakingly Radical" New Approach to Election Law
       
He's created a real breakthrough, visionary how-to for a sustainable, quality future. Like Saul Alinski's Rules for Radicals, this book is destined to become a classic must-read for all those concerned with social, economic, and environmental justice in today's interconnected world. Story shapes the world and our world needs new stories if we are to survive and thrive. If you want to improve things in your world and the world, first read this book, then apply the suggestions. Pamela Jaye Smith, mythologist and author of InnerDrives, Power of the Dark Side, Symbols* Images* Codes* and award-winning writer-producer-director
The Cunning Plot to Kill Kennedy
       
The phenomenon is even more pronounced at the federal level, especially given the overwhelming power of the federal governmentYet, the exact opposite occurred in the Kennedy assassination. That's not the way we would expect federal officials to handle the assassination of any federal official, especially the president of the United States. How in the world could he be so certain that Oswald was the assassin and that he had no confederates? While the JCS were experts at preparing military-style ambushes, they lacked the intellectual capability of devising the overall plot and cover-up, given its high level of cunning and sophistication. To ensure that the role of the Pentagon and the CIA in the Kennedy assassination would be kept secret, they had to figure out a way to shut down the investigation from the start.
Non-Whites and Hispanics Are Now the Majority of Under 16 Americans
       
For the generation of Americans not yet old enough to drive, the demographic future has arrived. For the first time, nonwhites and Hispanics were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019, an expected demographic shift that will grow over the coming decades, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. “We are browning from bottom up in our age structure,” said William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. “This is going to be a diversified century for the United States, and it’s beginning with this youngest generation.”
The Supreme Court's "Breathtakingly Radical" New Approach to Election Law
       
The Supreme Court(Image by beltz6) Details DMCAThe Supreme Court may not have pulled off a Bush v. Gore conclusion to Election 2020, but pre-election decisions, made much too close to Election Day for comfort, may have long-ranging effects, unless Congress stops them, as the Chief Justice has pointed out more than once is always a possibility. And this of course shines a light on what happens in Georgia early next January, but back to disenfranchisement accomplished before the election, which eliminated a huge number of votes. In the twenty-first century anyway, for a Democrat to win the presidency, a landslide is mandatory--visible or, much more likely, squelched. And the blues accomplished that.
The Supreme Court's "Breathtakingly Radical" New Approach to Election Law
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"In his groundbreaking new book Bottom Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution, Rob Kall invites and eases us into in a much-needed meta-level shift -- a truly basic paradigmatic shift from top-down to bottom-up. He capably and imaginatively explores the differences between these ways of approaching life, clearly demonstrating that bottom-up allows us to flourish. His vision and his book are enriched by telling references to interviews which he has engaged in over the years with bottom-up researchers, theorists, activists, and dreamers in a variety of areas. And take one step further into the bottom-up universe yourself. Bonnie Burstow, MD, author of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness and Radical Feminist Therapy, associate professor at the University of Toronto
In what moral universe does Biden require a Catholic task force when Trump got a free pass?
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall gives readers an important wake up call to the bottom up power that they have to protect their rights, powers, and freedoms. This book helps readers see the whole elephant as opposed to the disconnected parts. Kall gives great advice as to intensifying, expanding, prolonging, and deepening connections. This bottom-up leadership will result in power to the people. This is a fascinating and insightful book, especially in this new era of digital hunting and gathering."
COVID cases flood hospitals in America's heartland: 'We're drowning'
       
COVID-19 Nurse %28cropped%29. (Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman) Details Source DMCAFor the week ending November 19, North Dakota reported an average of 1,769 daily new cases per 1 million residents, according to the tracking project. South Dakota recorded nearly 1,500 per million residents, Wisconsin and Nebraska around 1,200, and Kansas nearly 1,000. Even in New York’s worst week in April - with business closed and panic gripping the public - the state never averaged more than 500 new cases per million people. Hospital officials in the Midwest told Reuters they’re at capacity or nearly so.
European security becomes a matter of the EU only
       
On November 22 the U.S. formally withdrew from the open-sky treaty that accelerated European security. Thus, Germany regrets US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty and remains committed to it, German FM Heiko Maas has said. He pointed out that the Open Skies Treaty contributes to confidence building and the promotion of security in the whole northern hemisphere "from Vladivostok to Vancouver." As soon as Europe was convinced of this the European Union decided to take measures to neutralize the emerging gaps in the system of ensuring European security. Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as other European politicians think that such significant contradictions in views of the U.S. and the EU on ensuring regional security show the urgent necessity to develop a new EU military doctrine.
Failed Citizenship: A Charter School Gets Caught Gaming The System
       
(Image by Jirusha Lopez) Details DMCA- Jirusha Lopez, CWC PrincipalUnder the current interpretation of PROP-39, charter schools are allowed to demand space from public schools to implement their programs. This estimate is supposed to be backed up with a list of students who show "meaningful interest" in attending the charter school. By submitting names of students who never expressed any interest in attending the school, COW committed fraud against the students of the LAUSD. (Image by Citizens of the World Charter School) Details DMCAThere is also a cost to students throughout the district. During the campaign, the Network for Public Education (NPE) Action endorsed him, and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a "strong supporter of public schools."
Covid-19 is driving the Russian Orthodox Church to desperation: Sputnik-V doesn't work
       
the Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik­-V that was ridiculously advertised by the Kremlin's media outlets. Interestingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has decided to actively "combat" Covid-19 using the tools available to it - tools that have been borrowed from science fiction. It is reported that the Russian Orthodox Church has been holding similar events already since the beginning of autumn. This means that not only Putin & Co who are in trouble, but the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church as well, and this explains its bizarre activities. The saddest thing in all of this is that people blindly believe the lies of the Orthodox Church, forgetting that they should retain some common sense as well.
Saudi FM denies Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia
       
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan denied Israeli media reports Monday that a meeting occurred between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), in the Saudi town of Neom. "I received and bid farewell to Secretary of State Pompeo in the airport in Neom and attended his meeting with the Crown Prince. There were no Israelis present," Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Faisal told Al Arabiya English. The Red Sea resort of Neom is a hi-tech and tourism hub planned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. There has been widespread speculation, within Israel and the US that Washington may push for other Arab states to follow suit before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.
Kenosha Terrorist's Celebrity Bail Epitomizes White Privilege
       
Fabius Maximus: Got White Privilege? Rittenhouse, 17, traveled to Kenosha from his Antioch, Illinois home with an AR-15 assault rifle. On Friday, My Pillow CEO and Donald Trump supporter, Mike Lindell, and ex-child actor Rick Schroder pitched in to pay Rittenhouse's two-million dollars' bail. He is free now after 25 years behind bars for a Long Island City, NY murder he did not commit. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Despite some big losses, top spenders won 88 percent of 2020 races
       
Across the board, 88 percent of congressional races were won by the candidate who spent the most. This year, the top-spending House candidate won 89.2 percent of the time. This year, over 70 percent of House races were won by the candidate with greater support from outside groups. However, when outside groups and candidate committees collectively spent more, House candidates won over 90 percent of the time and Senate candidates won almost 69 percent of the time. In fact, Democratic Senate candidates raised unprecedented amounts of cash this fall, but much of it went to losing candidates.
How the Black Movement Teaches Us to Fight Cold Wars Both Old and New
       
The following are remarks given by the author at No Cold War's online webinar entitled "Uniting Against Racism and the New Cold War" held on November 14th, 2020. Cold War politics and racism are connected by their shared vision of preserving the power and hegemony of one system of development over another. Cold War anti-communism sought to delegitimize mass movements for social and political transformation wherever they emerged. Not everyone in the United States agreed with U.S. hostilities toward China during the first Cold War. A New Cold War on China has emerged in recent years, and it is once again led by the United States.
Foreign Policy Was Missing from Most 2020 Democratic Campaign Websites
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"The book is very well written...very important in this individualized capitalistic illusory world that enslaves us all within its tentacles and forces us to believe that we are atomized and disconnected beings. Indigenous Lakota people end prayers with "Mitakuye Oyasin...all my relations..." An ancient African proverb states, "A person is a person only because of and with others..." This instructive text is very useful for us living in what we are always told is the modern world, because it reconnects us all and reminds us that ultimately, the endless circle of the Universe binds and connects us all and the Earth is Mother to us with no hierarchy...the ones at the bottom matter the most...like the ants who build mounds and hills, all working in unison and harmony...the book teaches that we were created for community and our destiny is organic community...anything else is doomed..."Julian Kunnie, Professor of Religious Studies/Classics at the University of Arizona and author of The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People
Russia in Nagorno-Karabakh
       
Fighting went on for quite some time in Nagorno-Karabakh, and for quite some time Russia looked confused and uncertain. Two criminal cases were launched in both Azerbaijan and Russia - the first for negligence during service and the second for violating flight safety requirements. On a side note - if Azerbaijan apologized to Russia, why didn't it see it necessary to apologize to Armenia? However, Russia wanted to both maintain its influence and present itself as the global savior of a conflict it itself had accelerated and one that allowed Russia to sell weapons to both sides. It's undeniably a difficult task to achieve, but it is well known that Russia has perfected the art of provocation.
Thankful, 2020 Edition
       
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850–1936) ) Details Source DMCAIt's Thanksgiving week in the United States. So, what's there to be thankful for? Well, the pandemic is going to end sooner or later. And while a Joe Biden administration is nothing to celebrate in advance, the end of the Donald Trump administration is certainly worth being thankful for in retrospect. Maybe "better than nothing" isn't the most inspiring slogan for Thanksgiving, but it's what we've got.
Anti-Chinese propaganda keeps the empire's citizens unaware that socialism is working
       
This will continue to exacerbate the internal economic stresses and diplomatic frayings that the U.S./NATO empire has lately been experiencing. More fascistic policies like these will continue to appear in the coming years, even in liberal "democracies" like Biden's America. How can the spectre of Marx and Lenin be suppressed, with the anger of the masses being diverted towards liberal political camps that don't seriously threaten the system? They want to invert the reality of what's going on inside China and the other existing socialist countries so that the masses don't make the ideological leap towards supporting Marxism-Leninism. Why do you think the imperialists portray China as wanting to "undermine" liberal society, even though China doesn't try to meddle in the affairs of other countries much less foment revolutions?
Top Campaign Spenders Won 88 Percent of 2020 Races
       
Across the board, 88 percent of congressional races were won by the candidate who spent the most. This year, the top-spending House candidate won 89.2 percent of the time. This year, over 70 percent of House races were won by the candidate with greater support from outside groups. However, when outside groups and candidate committees collectively spent more, House candidates won over 90 percent of the time and Senate candidates won almost 69 percent of the time. In fact, Democratic Senate candidates raised unprecedented amounts of cash this fall, but much of it went to losing candidates.
Trump Is Trying to Set Yellen and Biden Up to Fail as He Sabotages the Economy
       
During her time as Fed Chair, Yellen was responsive to progressives who pushed the Fed to be more responsive to communities of color. However, the Washington Postreported a simpler, more insulting reason: Trump decided not to re-nominate Yellen as Fed Chair because he thought she was too short. The Trump administration continues to stymie President-elect Biden’s transition. House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters said the Trump administration was trying to “spitefully destroy the economy” with the move. This is hardly the first attempt by the Trump administration at hindering economic recovery in the new year.
Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages?
       
The coronavirus pandemic is breaking records every day in the United States, filling up intensive care units, overwhelming hospital systems and exhausting health care workers. At the same time, the churches, which play an outsize role in social and political life in the United States, peddle superstition and backwardness. This describes very well the situation tens of millions of people confront as the coronavirus pandemic rages. They have been left by the ruling class to confront the horror of the pandemic entirely by themselves. The promotion of cultural backwardness by the ruling class now intersects with a homicidal policy.
Federal agency lifts blockade on Biden transition, but Trump pledges to continue electoral coup
       
Murphy sent a letter announcing the decision to the Biden transition team, and the GSA informed federal departments. In her letter, Murphy noted that the decision frees up more than $7 million in federal funding for the transition team. It also requires Trump administration officials to begin meeting with the Biden team, and enables Biden to receive classified intelligence briefings. (Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Minutes after the news broke of Murphy’s letter, Trump posted a tweet claiming credit for the GSA move. On Friday, Trump summoned seven leading Republican state lawmakers to the White House, including the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader, for closed-door discussions.
Trump Lost the Election, But He Is Still Doing Terrible Damage
       
Donald Trump will emerge from his bunker today to participate in an old Thanksgiving tradition: the official pardoning of a turkey. Trump will click his heels, leap the portico like an orange gazelle and disappear into the swirl of the District. The absence of a proper head start can be deeply damaging to any incoming administration. It is going to be very, very bad, so giving the incoming administration time to adequately prepare is very, very good. “Poll: 79 Percent of Trump Voters Believe ‘Election Was Stolen‘ via @BreitbartNews,” Trump shriek-tweeted this morning.
Trump Hints of “Big Lawsuit” Even as He Greenlights Transition Process for Biden
       
Murphy had faced sharp criticism over the past several weeks for her refusal to allow the transition process for a Biden administration to begin. “I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services,” Murphy wrote in her letter to Biden. Murphy maintained that she was “never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official” to delay the transition process, and came to the decision “independently” to reach out to Biden. Our big lawsuit, which spells out in great detail all of the ballot fraud and more, will soon be filled [sic]. RIGGED ELECTION!”It’s unclear what new allegations of ballot fraud Trump is planning to share, and it’s unlikely that anything at this point will demonstrate any evidence of the malfeasance he claims exists.
Biden’s Pick for Secretary of State Helped Lead the US Into the Iraq War
       
President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Antony Blinken for secretary of state is a worrying sign. Only rewards.”The disaster in Iraq did not chasten Blinken to take a less interventionist approach in subsequent years. He was a strong supporter of U.S. intervention in Libya’s 2011 civil war, even as Biden himself opposed it. Blinken also supported a far larger U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war and has opposed a withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country. Right-wing Israeli officials are very happy with Biden’s choice for Secretary of State.
Progressives Say Any Cabinet Post for Rahm Emanuel Is Unacceptable
       
Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. Forever,” tweeted Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) also spoke out on Twitter:“Less visible role” doesn’t sound good either. Should Biden Hire Rahm Emanuel? Never!’ https://t.co/2PiqHTYIz8 https://t.co/Vo1fSgPjVm — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 23, 2020Rahm Emanuel should not be considered for any position within the Biden administration.
Opinion | What Facebook Fed the Baby Boomers
       
Even if both manage to stay away from Facebook for good, their stories are just two in a sea of billions. That thought bounced around my head this month as the election returns trickled in, revealing in unmistakable detail the footprint of a divided nation. For those expecting or at least hoping to see broad consensus, the results were a gut punch. But seen through the lens of our online lives, such an outcome makes perfect sense. We shouldn’t have been surprised; our divisions have been in front of our faces and inside our feeds this whole time.
White House May Try to Curb Economic Ties With China: Live Business Updates
       
ET White House May Try to Curb Economic Ties With China: Live Business Updates RIGHT NOW Stocks head for records as the transition to a Biden administration begins. % Nikkei Japan % Dax Germany % FTSE Britain %The Trump administration is considering imposing more limits on China. Credit... Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press The Trump administration is weighing several policy actions aimed at thwarting China as President Trump and his advisers use their final weeks in office to try to curb America’s economic ties with the country. And Mr. Trump ridiculed the company’s chief executive, Mary T. Barra, one of the few women to lead a large U.S. corporation. The automaker said it would no longer back the Trump administration in a fight with California over clean-air standards.
‘Propaganda machine’: George Clooney takes aim at Hungarian media and officials who accused him of Soros links
       
In the 35-minute video, Clooney breaks down the most iconic characters he has played during his career. “It is quite disappointing that there are actors, even nonpolitical actors, who carry out Soros’s political intentions,” he said. “I met George Soros once at a UN meeting with the President of the United States on the subject of the refugee crisis. Clooney also spoke of his visits to Hungary, which he said began in the early 1980s. They continued into the early 2000s, he said, noting that the country was a democratic success at the time.
Janet Yellen and Avril Haines poised to be first women to lead treasury, national intelligence
       
Women are poised to fill at least two of these positions in President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. If confirmed, Avril Haines will be the first woman to lead the U.S. intelligence community. Biden is expected to name Janet L. Yellen — the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve — as the first female secretary of the treasury. There is speculation that Biden might also pick a woman for the country’s top defense job, an announcement likely to come later this week.
Montgomery County mandates masks in public, lowers cap on indoor gatherings to 10 people
       
“We are entering a phase of covid-19 that is very worrisome, and we need every resident to understand what that means,” said Montgomery County health officer Travis Gayles. ADADAhead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) is also calling on Gov. He said the area has avoided caseload rates seen in other parts of the country, but battling the virus will depend on people’s behaviors through the Thanksgiving holiday. He laid out a grim timetable: Holiday travel this week without appropriate precautions could lead to a rise in cases in seven to 10 days, with virus-related hospitalizations jumping in about two weeks. Voss reminded the public that “it’s not too late to not travel” for Thanksgiving.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
Malaysian manufacturer Top Glove is preparing to close more than half of its factories following a coronavirus outbreak in which almost 2,500 employees tested positive for the infection, authorities confirmed Monday. “All those who tested positive have been hospitalized and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers,” he said. Of the manufacturer’s 41 factories, 28 will be shut down by the Malaysian government in a bid to contain the virus as cases in the country continue to rise. The risk of transmission among workers remains high as employees share living spaces, with many workers sleeping in crowded dormitories, the BBC reported Monday. In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was blocking imports of products from the company “based on reasonable evidence of forced labor in the manufacturing process.”
Fiat Chrysler's new Ram 1500 TRX will be the quickest pickup truck ever
       
(CNN) Fiat Chrysler unveiled the 702-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX, which is expected to be the fastest accelerating pickup truck ever sold by any major automaker. The Ram 1500 TRX comes a little over a month after Fiat Chrysler unveiled its 702-horsepower family SUV, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. This is the first time it's been put into a pickup truck. The Ram 1500 TRX will be most powerful Ram truck ever made. would make it the Fiat Chrysler boasts that the TRX can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.
Sidney Powell is a beacon of hope to sad Qanon supporters
       
New York (CNN Business) A few weeks before the election I went to a meeting of QAnon fanatics in Scottsdale, Arizona. The groupthink there: President Trump was not only going to win the election — he was going to win it in a landslide. But for some Trump supporters, especially those who believe in QAnon conspiracy theories either knowingly or not, that move is meaningless. This is where Sidney Powell has come in. Powell had, working with Trump's legal team, become a key face of the false allegations about election fraud.
After 25 years, the Ford Bronco is back
       
(CNN) It's been 25 years since the last Ford Bronco was made. Ford is bringing the brand back, with the unveiling of three new off-road-oriented SUVs under the Bronco name. At an online event Monday night, Ford introduced the 2021 Bronco, which will come in a two- and a four-door version, and the smaller Bronco Sport. The 2021 Ford Bronco seen here with the Sasquatch off-road package and its roof and doors taken off. (The manual transmission will have six gears for ordinary driving, plus a seventh for low speed off-road driving.)
Dow crosses 30,000 mark for the first time ever
       
The Dow was up more than 400 points, or 1.4%, in late morning trading. The blue chip index hit a new all-time high in the process, finally topping the 30,000 mark. Source: CNNBusiness
This new firm will count the Queen and the Forbes media family as clients
       
London (CNN Business) A UK investment company with ties to Queen Elizabeth II is teaming up with an American rival that manages money for some members of the family behind Forbes Magazine. FWM Holdings, the parent company of the Forbes Family Trust , and Stanhope Capital, which advises the Queen on her £538 million ($718.7 million) private investment portfolio, announced plans to merge on Tuesday. Terms of the merger, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, were not divulged. FWM Holdings oversees $11.2 billion in assets for more than 70 of the world's most affluent families, mostly in the United States. It owns the Forbes Family Trust, which was initially set up to manage the wealth of members of the Forbes family, whose fortune stems from the eponymous business magazine that Scotland-born B.C.
Fallen WWII marine laid to rest in California nearly eight decades later
       
Thomas Frank Johnson was buried Monday at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 77 years after he was killed in action in the South Pacific. KNVN's Esteban Reynoso reports.
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
       
A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew was assisting Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers counting bighorn sheep when they spotted a large metal column rising from the desert. KSL's Andrew Adams reports.
Michele Flournoy could be first woman to run Pentagon, may bring many more women with her
       
WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's probable pick to run the Pentagon, would be the first female secretary of defense if confirmed and could appoint an unprecedented number of women to senior roles at the Defense Department. Biden is poised to announce Flournoy as his nominee as early as Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the decision. She also served as the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy in 2012 and now leads the Biden-Harris agency review team at the Pentagon. Brooks points out that as Pentagon policy chief Flournoy pioneered the creation of more flexible, family-friendly work policies, including four-day work weeks and job sharing. Brooks co-founded The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), which was created by a group of women, many of whom were alumni of Flournoy's team at the Pentagon.
Russia chases off U.S. warship in spat over territorial waters
       
The United States and Russia have long disagreed about Moscow's claim over the area. The McCain then changed course and left the area after the Vinogradov turned toward the U.S. destroyer, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThe 7th Fleet said that McCain’s operation was intended to demonstrate that these waters are not Russia’s territory. In August, the U.S. said that several American troops were injured when U.S. and Russian vehicles collided in Syria. Videos published on Russian social media accounts appeared to show Russian vehicles attempting to drive the U.S. vehicles off the road.
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in rural Utah
       
A mysterious metal monolith was discovered in Utah after public safety officers spotted the object while conducting a routine wildlife mission. A helicopter crew with the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was assisting Wildlife Resources on Wednesday to count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, the department said. The mysterious metal monolith was discover in a remote area of red rock in Utah. "He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' The department said it was unclear who, or what, installed the monolith, and that they would not disclose the exact location of the object out of safety concerns.
Covid stimulus help for desperate ICU nurses is urgent. But Congress is on vacation.
       
I wish medical workers could take vacation days, too. Just imagine how much more worried they'll be if their local hospitals, overwhelmed by surges of Covid-19 patients, run out of nurses. Our leaders have left it up to medical workers to save American lives, but they've denied us the resources to do so. Our leaders seem to have forgotten that medical workers are human beings. In the ICU, I was treating the sickest patients I'd ever seen, under the most difficult conditions.
Amazon Warehouse Workers File For Union Election In Alabama
       
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama have filed a petition to hold a union election, setting the stage for a high-profile labor battle inside the online retail giant. The election petition was first reported by The Washington Post. To file such a petition, workers need to gather signatures from 30% of colleagues in the proposed bargaining unit. If the NLRB schedules an election, the union would need to win a simple majority of votes in order to become the workers’ representative. The company has not welcomed union efforts in the past: Amazon fired one warehouse organizer earlier this year and even hatched plans to smear him.
German defense minister expresses surprise over Macron criticism
       
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer stressed her strong commitment to the Franco-German friendship on Tuesday, saying it had been “a somewhat unusual situation” when French President Emmanuel Macron criticized her for a pro-American op-ed. Macron’s words raised eyebrows because he called out a government minister from France’s key EU partner and even suggested that Kramp-Karrenbauer went against the position of her own government leader. Kramp-Karrenbauer also rejected Macron’s claim that Merkel didn’t agree with her assessment either. “Well, I have not heard the chancellor saying that NATO is somehow superfluous,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “It’s not unusual that France and Germany often have different views on strategic matters,” she said.
Kash Patel, recently installed Trump loyalist, now leading Pentagon transition
       
Kash Patel, a White House loyalist who was installed at the Pentagon two weeks ago amid a purge of senior civilian officials, has been put in charge of the Defense Department's transition to the next administration, a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. The news, first reported by CNN, comes one day after the General Services Administration allowed the Trump administration to begin talking with the incoming Biden team to begin the transition process. Background: Patel was named chief of staff to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller just two weeks ago, the day after the president fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. His former chief of staff, Jen Stewart, resigned shortly after. Trump allies were also installed in top positions overseeing intelligence and policy.
Europe Bets On COVID-19 Christmas Miracle As Third Wave Looms
       
Stephane Cardinale - Corbis via Getty Images Christmas lights decorate the trees along the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Monday. Relax too much, and the festive period creates a third wave of infections, just as the second starts to flatten. United Kingdom The U.K., which has the highest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe, has agreed to allow “limited additional household bubbling” so families can get together for Christmas. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said that he wants to allow Christmas shopping to boost the economy. Conte added that he wanted to allow Christmas shopping and gift giving to boost the economy, and suggested the government could allow limited family meetings and regional travel, but the details had yet to be established.
U.S. consumer confidence tumbles as virus spreads
       
Consumer confidence is closely watched for signals it can provide of how willing households are to spend. The consumer confidence index is set on a scale with 100 equaling the confidence level in 1985. In the leadup to the pandemic with the country enjoying unemployment at a half-century low of 3.9 percent, the confidence index had risen above 130. For November, the present situations index, based on consumers' assessment of current business and labor market conditions, decreased slightly to 106.2 from 105.9. However, the expectations index, based on consumers' outlook for the future, declined from 98.1 in October to 89.5 in November.
Rubio calls Biden's national security team 'polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline'
       
In recent days Biden has announced plans to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of State and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — jobs whose occupants require Senate confirmation. The president-elect has also named Jake Sullivan as his national security adviser, a White House role on which the Senate has no say. Blinken, Thomas-Greenfield and Sullivan join a handful of other high-profile nominees — former Secretary of State John Kerry among them — that have thus far been light on surprises and heavy on experienced hands and veterans of the Obama administration. Biden has not yet announced his pick for defense secretary, a centerpiece of the national security apparatus, despite widespread speculation that the job would go to Michèle Flournoy. Rubio ran for president in 2016 and remains one of the GOP's highest profile lawmakers.
Even 'Birther' Orly Taitz Isn't Sure About Trump Lawyer's Claim He 'Won In A Landslide'
       
She recently sent Trump, Powell, Ellis and Giuliani a letter and lengthy report floating conspiracy theories about Obama’s social security number. Like Powell, Taitz floated a conspiracy theory about communists from Venezuela rigging voting machines to favor President-elect Joe Biden. Like Giuliani, Taitz claimed there was “total lawlessness and corruption” in majority Democratic cities like Philadelphia and Detroit. Taitz said “having honest elections has nothing to do with racism,” and called Trump “a fighter” who she hopes would champion “civil rights” even if Biden takes office. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Donald Trump, if he does not succeed in this election, will be the new civil rights leader, where we will have to fight for our civil rights,” Taitz said.
Emma Stone's Mom Made Fake Small Talk With Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt
       
Emma Stone’s mother is apparently a good actor as well. The “La La Land” star on Monday told “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon about the time she and her mom, Krista, sat next to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at her first Golden Globes in 2011. “She started asking Angelina Jolie like, ‘Do you have kids? What are their names?’” Stone remembered. Stone said the now-split pair was “nice.”She lost to Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) for best actress in a musical or comedy but she came away with a fun story.
As cases surge, Covid-19 test results are taking longer to come back
       
SEE NEW POSTSAs cases surge, Covid-19 test results are taking longer to come back With a higher demand nationwide for Covid-19 tests, Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest commercial laboratories in the United States, says its turnaround time for results has increased. “The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. tries to build “one of the most comprehensive Covid-19 vaccine portfolio in the world." The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
TikToker goes viral for sharing AstraZeneca vaccine trial experience
       
TikToker goes viral for sharing AstraZeneca vaccine trial experienceLast week, Ashley Locke, a Tennessee-based TikTok user, posted a video of herself participating in the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. “The attention that it’s got ended up just being completely mind blowing to me," Locke told NBC News affiliate News 4 Nashville. In subsequent videos posted to her account, Locke answers viewers' questions about the vaccine trial and describes her check-ins with the trial's doctors. The videos have not only given people a window into what it's like to be a part of a Covid-19 vaccine trial — they've also encouraged others to join. I mean I definitely didn’t expect that so that’s awesome,” Locke told News 4 Nashville.
Stakes in Georgia races couldn't be higher. That's why all this money is flowing.
       
said state Sen. Marty Harbin, a Republican, who said even he gets frustrated by the endless barrage. "Save your money I don't need any more crap in my mailbox, spam phone calls or emails," said one Georgia Twitter user. A Republican backing Loeffler accuses Warnock of being anti-police, which is followed by a Warnock ad featuring police officers saying those attacks are false. Democrats need to win both runoffs to take control of the chamber with Kamala Harris casting the tie breaking vote. This time that's real," said Nse Ufot, the CEO of the New Georgia Project, a progressive group that works to register voters, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dow hits 30,000 on start of transition to Biden, prospect of Yellen as treasury secretary
       
The Dow rose by just over 400 points Tuesday morning, surpassing an intraday high. Wall Street's rally came a day after the Trump administration agreed to start the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden, giving him access to millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin his transition to power. Markets hit record highs this month after Moderna and Pfizer both announced promising vaccine candidates in the fight against Covid-19. Wall Street was also optimistic after former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emerged as President-elect Joe Biden's likely pick for treasury secretary. During her four-year tenure at the Fed, Yellen supported the economic recovery through accommodative monetary policy and support for low interest rates.
Pennsylvania certifies Biden win, dimming Trump hopes of overturning election results
       
WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday for President-elect Joe Biden, solidifying Biden’s victory and dealing yet another blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to block the results. In total, 3,458,229 votes were certified for Biden and 3,377,674 were certified for Trump. Pennsylvania was expected to certify its election results Monday, but a few counties in the state reported delays. "Trump did everything he could to disenfranchise voters and stop the results from being certified in Pennsylvania," Biden campaign’s legal adviser Bob Bauer said in a statement Tuesday. Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia, all states won by Biden, are also expected to certify their results on Tuesday.
Since Election Day, a Lot of Tweeting and Not Much Else for Trump
       
In the three weeks since Election Day, President Trump’s most visible presence has been on Twitter. Trump Tweets Per Day Tweets about election fraud Other tweets 50 tweets 30 10 Nov. 4 Nov. 23 Trump Tweets Per Day Tweets about election fraud Other tweets 50 tweets 30 10 Nov. 4 Nov. 23In total, the president attacked the legitimacy of the election more than 400 times since Election Day, though his claims of fraud have been widely debunked. Date Public Calendar Played Golf Election Fraud Tweets New Covid Deaths Nov. 4 17 1,616 Nov. 5 Delivered televised remarks about election. 19 796 Nov. 17 18 1,607 Nov. 18 19 1,923 Nov. 19 20 1,962 Nov. 20 Delivered remarks on prescription drug prices. In a number of tweets, Mr. Trump said unequivocally but falsely that he won the election.
A Thanksgiving Parade, Unfazed by Snow or Wind, Takes on a Pandemic
       
Not snow, not rain, not gusting winds or the Great Depression have caused the cancellation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in its 96-year history. The other parades of New York City have fallen one by one, as city and state officials determined it would be unsafe to proceed with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Pride March and the Puerto Rican Day Parade because they draw such huge crowds. The West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day was forced to go virtual for similar reasons. But the Thanksgiving Day Parade is sailing forth, largely because the millions who typically attend have been told to stay home and the event has been scaled down to a television show, albeit one that many view as itself a ritual marker of the holiday. So the parade route will be one block long, not two miles.
White House May Try to Curb Economic Ties With China: Live Business Updates
       
ET White House May Try to Curb Economic Ties With China: Live Business Updates RIGHT NOW Stocks gain as the transition to a Biden administration begins. The Trump administration is considering imposing more limits on China. Credit... Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press The Trump administration is weighing several policy actions aimed at thwarting China as President Trump and his advisers use their final weeks in office to try to curb America’s economic ties with the country. The automaker said it would no longer back the Trump administration in a fight with California over clean-air standards. G.M.’s support for the Trump administration surprised many auto experts given the president’s repeated attacks on the company and Ms. Barra.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Response
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team Is to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. On Monday, President Trump’s government finally authorized Mr. Biden to begin a formal transition process. In the absence of a formal transition, Mr. Biden had been left trying to signal to Americans that he is prepared to take charge of a disjointed federal virus response. Bars and nightclubs will be required to close amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the city. The city’s authorities have toughened and relaxed its social-distancing rules with rises and falls in coronavirus cases.
The Energy 202: Biden sends signal he is serious about climate change with John Kerry pick
       
Part of the task facing Kerry next year is a tall one: making sure the Paris climate agreement he helped broker bears fruit. ADADUndermining that mission is the Trump administration's rollback of rules meant to help the United States hit its own emissions goals. Over the weekend, Trump took a final potshot at the Paris climate accord during a virtual Group of 20 summit. In the Democratic presidential primary, Kerry went to bat for Biden during the Iowa caucuses when his candidacy was flagging. For Kerry, the position is a capstone to a career focused on climate change.
'Feline Philosophy,' by John Gray book review
       
Gray proceeds from the uncuddly premise that life is a bleak struggle from which, through philosophy, we seek diversion. If we were all cats, Gray says, he would be out of a job: They have nothing to learn from philosophy. “Of course, [the book is] not a scientific inquiry,” Gray has admitted to the U.K.’s Observer. Cats are a perfectly adequate MacGuffin for this pleasant ramble through what philosophy can and can’t help us with. Feline PhilosophyCats and the Meaning of LifeBy John Gray
The Health 202: Coronavirus survival rates in the United States haven't improved since the summer
       
In the past two weeks the Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to two monoclonal antibody treatments, one from Eli Lilly and another from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. The Biden team has also been unable to access real-time data on availability of hospital beds or the status of the Strategic National Stockpile. ADADThe Biden team seems determined to avoid the type of conflicting messages on the virus that have come out of the Trump administration. Biden’s team has also elevated prominent public health officials and experienced public communicators to key roles in the coronavirus transition task force. The transitionFormer U.S. drug czars are calling for a Cabinet-level position on drug policy.
Tucker Carlson outlines the post-Trump playbook
       
Another — Trump’s campaign chairman — had worked directly for pro-Russian interests and, it turns out, shared campaign data with an individual linked to Russian intelligence. It is also a function of expanded mail-in voting, which is what Carlson is objecting to. Many states managed to expand mail-in voting without equivalent delays or any demonstrated danger of fraud. He wants “traditional hand-counting,” which is slower than electronic voting, even as he complains that mail-in voting is too slow. He lamented the expansion of mail-in voting, implying that Democrats benefited because it was “less secure” (wink wink wink).
Construction worker who died after shooting is mourned as loving grandfather dedicated to job
       
AD“It’s tragic in the sense that he died doing what he loved — working,” said the son, Luis Flores, a 30-year-old government contractor for Web development who lives in Western Maryland. “It’s just a senseless act for this individual to come to his job site and shoot him point blank, and rob him of his belongings,” Luis Flores said. ADAside from work, Flores loved fishing and owned a boat that he would take him out on the Chesapeake. ADFlores not only loved to catch fish, “he loved frying fish, and he loved eating fish,” his son said. Luis Flores said he had a hard time reaching his mother, as his father was dying in a hospital room.
Our best roll, cornbread and biscuit recipes for Thanksgiving
       
Thankfully, your path to bready bliss is a choose-your-own adventure, whether you’re looking for no-knead, yeasted loaves, cornbread, biscuits or nostalgia-inducing rolls. If you don’t have whole-wheat pastry flour, a mix of all-purpose and regular whole-wheat flours works just fine. You can even bake the loaves the day before Thanksgiving as long as you wrap them airtight. No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread. Rosemary is a classic Thanksgiving flavor that complements many of the other ingredients on the holiday table.
The Cybersecurity 202: Biden’s DHS pick adds cybersecurity chops to the incoming administration
       
Cybersecurity will be a key foreign policy issue with this group.”Painter also served during the first months of the Trump administration before his position was eliminated. But cybersecurity experts are hopeful the job will be reinstated as a high-profile standalone position during the Biden administration. That was a key Trump administration priority that gained bipartisan backing because of widespread concerns such access to 5G could supercharge Chinese espionage. Government agencies were hit with a slew of major breaches during the Obama administration. ADAD“He won’t be just immigration-focused,” Suzanne Spaulding, who led DHS’s cybersecurity operations during the Obama administration and worked closely with Mayorkas, told me.
Pandemic Thanksgiving plans pivot after a surge in coronavirus cases
       
Newly sickened, exposed or fearing the rampant spread of the virus, people in D.C. and beyond say they are canceling their Thanksgiving plans and preparing for Turkey Day at home. And a deacon whose pastor exposed him to the coronavirus last weekend is preparing for a quiet night alone. Danielle Quarles, 41, a director of clinical research in Arlington, decided to abandon plans to see family near New York because of the rising number of coronavirus cases. ADOnly a few days away from Pandemic Thanksgiving, some locals are still deciding where, and with whom, they will spend the holiday. ADEvery year, Williams spends months looking forward to Thanksgiving, when many people gather at his family home in Massachusetts.
A ‘trend of more failing’: Online school has sent F’s spiking by 83 percent in Virginia’s largest school system
       
F’s received by Hispanics jumped from 13 to 25 percent of all grades achieved, while Asian-earned F’s jumped from 2 to 4 percent of all grades achieved. White students’ F’s rose from 3 to 5 percent, and Black students’ F’s rose from 8 to 13 percent. “The pattern was pervasive across all student groups, grade levels, and content areas,” says the Fairfax study, published online this week. ADADComparing grades achieved in past years to grades this year showed that the drop in good grades is significant and unprecedented. ADIn the final paragraphs of the 20-page report, employees with the school system’s research office offered some advice for the path forward.
Book review of Michael J. Fox's 'No Time Like the Future'
       
This book centers on life going on for better or for worse, pivoting ultimately on a particularly impossible 2018, Fox’s “annus horriblis” as he calls it. Occasionally the many registers of the memoir fall into disharmony thematically: The dad jokes work well in the voicey-ness of the prose but distract when in, say, chapter-title placement. Similarly, “Exile on Pain Street,” “Breaking Dad” and “Homeland Security” feel slightly crass given the gravity of Fox’s anecdotes. Time isn’t taking me” works far better than a chapter called “Double Bogey” that begins with the cheeky but ultimately tonally challenged introduction, “Why me? ADADBut what makes the book a page-turner is its tenor: drolly conspiratorial, affably best-friend-y, infectiously convivial and unapologetically pensive.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
Doctors and other health-care workers at a chain of urgent care clinics in Washington state went on strike this week, saying that they are required to work excessively long hours without adequate protective gear. Indigo Urgent Care employees told local media outlets that they were banned from wearing N95 masks while conducting dozens of coronavirus tests a day, often working for more than 12 hours without breaks. N95 masks, which offer the highest level of protection, conflict with that image. “To avoid disturbing the brand, it’s still just surgical masks and disposable gowns,” he told the Everett Herald. The ongoing surge in coronavirus infections nationwide has only intensified their workload.
Opinion | Trump has set a hidden trap for Biden. It could do great damage.
       
They include a look at whether federal law needs to be revamped to treat white nationalist and white supremacist mass killings as a form of domestic terrorism. Numerous recent domestic mass shootings were inspired by white supremacist mass murderers abroad, and social media has created transnational networks espousing white supremacist violence. ADBut all this came after Trump and his administration systematically downplayed (or actively encouraged) the white nationalist and white supremacist threat. Former senior Homeland Security analyst Elizabeth Neumann has revealed that officials vainly tried to get Trump to take right-wing extremism seriously for months. ADObviously, one big change will be that Biden will not make public statements tacitly encouraging or downplaying violent right-wing extremism.
Opinion | Time for Democrats to drain the real swamp
       
Trump has run what essentially has been a shameless kleptocracy; without question it is one of the most corrupt administrations in history. Not surprisingly, the U.S. ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index has fallen annually, with the United States no longer among the 20 least-corrupt countries. ), whose constituents include many government employees, states: “Corruption is not a peripheral concern. The For the People Act — the democracy reform legislation that the House passed last session — could lead the way. Now is finally the time to drain the swamp.
Biden transition live updates: Trump, GSA's Emily Murphy allow transition to formally proceed
       
Will never concede to fake ballots & ‘Dominion’.”Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet, saying: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”Trump’s claims of widespread fraud have been roundly rejected in court cases. He referred in his tweet to Dominion Voting Systems, a company that supplies voting technology for election jurisdictions across the United States. He also cited a Breitbart News story about a poll showing a majority of Republicans did not accept the election result. Later, Trump retweeted a tweet by Quaid about revoting. “Are you listening Republicans?” Trump added in his own words.
Officials tell public to stay home to stop covid’s spread. But is anyone listening?
       
In Newark, Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka announced what he described as a 10-day “lockdown” starting Wednesday — although city officials say this is an ask, not an order. AD“What is the public health messaging that aligns with people’s very real, lived experiences?” Mugavero said. ADCurfews work best as a strong opening move, said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. But the recent spike in infections spurred state officials to limit hours at gyms, bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. Public health professionals in recent days have turned up the volume of their warnings about Thanksgiving.
Cannabis stocks are soaring again
       
New York (CNN Business) Shares of major cannabis stocks are soaring once again following the news that Joe Biden's transition has formally begun. The uptick is fueled by expectations that the incoming administration will loosen regulations, as well as more US states legalizing sales of recreational marijuana. Canopy Growth CGC Aurora Cannabis ACB Tilray TLRY Curaleaf CURLF Aphria APHA Cronos CRON Altria MO rose 6%,surged 25% andjumped 14% in early trading. Other cannabis stocks on the move include global cannabis leadersand, which has a big investment from tobacco giant and Marlboro owner. Earlier this month, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota cleared cannabis for adult use, bringing the total number of states that have approved it for that purpose to 15.
Jennifer Grey talks 'Dirty Dancing 2' without Patrick Swayze
       
(CNN) The "Dirty Dancing" sequel is special to star Jennifer Grey, but she's well aware it won't be the same without Patrick Swayze. "All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who's passed -- you never try to repeat anything that's magic like that," Grey told People. "Dirty Dancing 2" was announced back in August. Grey is set to reprise her role famous role as Frances "Baby" Houseman, as well as executive produce the project. "It was about innocence and the way that innocence is lost and how people explode into a different iteration of themselves," she said.
Taylor Swift 'folklore' sessions debuting on Disney+
       
(CNN) Thanksgiving is coming early for the Swifties. Disney+ will start streaming Taylor Swift's "folklore: the long pond studio sessions" on Wednesday. Filmed in upstate New York in September 2020 and directed by Swift, it will feature performances of the 17 songs from her latest album while sharing the stories behind them. "Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) created an album that crossed genres -- a musical journey that allows us to cry and laugh, and during these trying times, makes us feel like we're not quite so alone," according to a press release. "They recorded "folklore" thousands of miles apart from each other and had never been in the same room together ... until now."
Stocks climb on Wall Street as Biden transition begins
       
The gains follow news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin. On Monday, the head of the federal General Services Administration acknowledged that Biden is the apparent winner of this month’s presidential election. Word that Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary also added to investors' confidence. Last week, Pfizer and Moderna both reported study results showing their vaccines were almost 95% effective. Trading is expected to be light on Wall Street this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when U.S. stock markets will be closed.
U.S. To Execute Only Woman On Federal Death Row 8 Days Before Biden Inauguration
       
Handout/Reuters Lisa Montgomery, a federal prison inmate scheduled for execution on Jan. 12, 2021, poses at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth in an undated photograph, courtesy of her lawyers. Montgomery was sentenced to death for the 2004 murder of a pregnant woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett. A federal judge has delayed the execution so that Montgomery’s lawyers have more time to prepare her clemency application. If Montgomery’s execution goes forward, she will be the first female federal inmate to be executed in almost 70 years. Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row , is set to be executed on Jan. 12, just days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to end the death penalty.
Donald Trump Is Now Retweeting Randy Quaid's Election Rants And Do-Over Calls
       
President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning turned to Randy Quaid to ramp up his baseless case to overturn the 2020 election result ? and made the actor-conspiracy theorist’s name trend nationally on Twitter. Trump retweeted five of Quaid’s posts, the day after General Services Administration head Emily Murphy finally authorized the transition process between Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. In one, Quaid called for “an in-person-only-paper ballot re-vote, especially in the States where flagrant irregularities have occurred.”To be clear, there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud. “Are you listening Republicans?” asked Trump:
6 dead, more than 70 infected in Massachusetts nursing home
       
6 dead, more than 70 infected in Massachusetts nursing homeSix residents at an assisted living facility in Massachusetts died after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials told NBC Boston on Monday. The coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 70 residents and employees at Atria Marland Place in Andover, Massachusetts, said Kymberly Codair, regional vice president of Atria Senior Living. "Our thoughts are with their families during this difficult time," Codair said in a statement to NBC Boston. Codair added that all residents who tested positive are under quarantine and receiving medical care, and the facility is operating with "escalated safety protocols," including restricted access to visitors, regular temperature checks, symptom screenings, and proper PPE for employees.
The Virgen de Guadalupe pilgrimage will be online, say Mexico's Catholic leaders
       
MEXICO CITY - Mexican church and civic leaders on Monday canceled an annual gathering that attracts massive crowds of Catholic pilgrims to protect people amid an intensifying coronavirus outbreak. The feast day of the Virgen de Guadalupe, or Virgin of Guadalupe celebrated on Dec. 12 typically features lavish pageantry at her namesake basilica in the north of Mexico City where throngs of pilgrims arrive on their knees in prayer. But this year the festivities will move online, according to a statement issued by the bishops’ conference and city government. “The health conditions the country is experiencing due to COVID-19 do not permit us at this time to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe together at her sanctuary,” the statement said. The closure will run from Dec. 10 through Dec. 13, and a security perimeter will be erected to ensure compliance.
First Black American cardinal seeks common ground with Biden administration
       
VATICAN CITY - Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. who this week will become the first Black American cardinal, said on Tuesday he wanted to find common ground with the incoming U.S. administration despite disagreements on some issues. Gregory, who clashed with President Donald Trump earlier this year, is one of the 13 Roman Catholic Church prelates whom Pope Francis will raise to the rank of cardinal on Saturday. The American Church is divided over many issues, including abortion. Conservative Catholics have criticized Joe Biden, who will become the first Catholic president since John F. Kennedy in 1961, for his support of abortion rights. Some U.S. conservative bishops say Biden, who attends Mass regularly, should be denied the sacrament of communion.
Because of Trump sanctions, Western Union remittances come to an end in Cuba
       
HAVANA — Western Union closed its 407 locations across Cuba on Monday, a sanctions-driven move that will leave thousands bereft of remittances on an island that depends heavily on them — or force them to use less reliable ways to bring in money. Some Cubans said they were taken aback by the imminent closures despite the sanctions being announced in late October. Eighty-two-year-old retiree Luis Nuñes said he found out when his son called him on Sunday night and deposited $200 for him. One of the newest sanctions hit Western Union by banning its Cuban partner company, Fincimex, from handling remittances because of its ties to the military-run company Gaesa. “What national interests are there in Cuba that has a positive impact in the United States?
National Zoo's panda cub named Xiao Qi Ji, or 'Little Miracle'
       
The National Zoo's new panda cub has a name: Xiao Qi Ji, [pronounced SHIAU-chi-ji] a Mandarin Chinese name that means "little miracle." Xiao Qi Ji's mother, Mei Xiang, was artificially inseminated on March 22 from the cub's father, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to Xiao Qi Ji on August 21, the National Zoo's website said. There were fewer than 2,000 giant pandas living in the wild in 2014, according to the World Wildlife Foundation. As of Tuesday morning, Xiao Qi Ji was sleeping with her mother, according to the National Zoo Panda Cam.
Sia cast a non-autistic actor to play an autistic role in her new film. That choice hurts people like me.
       
In my own case, the manager who looked over me for a promotion had very few interactions with me, but had formed the opinion that I was difficult. People with autism fight this prejudice every day in every aspect of life. Popular media has portrayed people on the autism spectrum as prone to angry or violent outbursts, withdrawn, argumentative and solitary. While this may describe some people on the autism spectrum, these adjectives could be used to describe anyone. So could Sia.
The most captivating and essential hip-hop and R&B songs coming out of the DMV this month
       
(The standout track “1539 N. Calvert” from JPEGMAFIA, who frequently collaborates with FreakY, is a homage to the place.) Active on the scene for years, Noochie favors a traditional, Lil Wayne-esque approach rather than what’s trendy in the area. “B---- we is from Baltimore, we don’t care about no f------ curfew,” one of them exclaimed into his front-facing camera. Local club music producer CalvoMusic took the short clip and turned it into 2020’s most entertaining club song by adding the city’s signature 130BPM sauce to an already hilarious moment. Tracks like this show that, with club music, no era of music is too old for a facelift.
The energy-density diet isn’t new or sexy, but it works
       
ADOne of the challenges in testing whether a food’s volume makes a difference in consumption is finding foods that are exactly the same, except for volume. ADThese studies, though, are all done in labs with food that’s manipulated surreptitiously, and that doesn’t mimic what goes on most people’s homes. A diet that’s calorie-sparse is heavy on the veg, light on the desserts, and that kind of diet is probably a marker for overall prudence and health-mindedness. It could be the prudence, and not the energy density, that’s responsible. I like energy density because it’s the Unitarianism of diets.
4 myths about online safety that parents should know
       
Isolated for months now, tweens and teens are actively searching for online friends, often describing them as IBFs (Internet best friends), via TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and online games. Reach connects anyone between the ages of 13 and 55 looking for an Internet best friend. “They were all teenagers or a little older.”ADDescribing them as her Internet best friends, Wells said she talks to the group members, who live across the globe, on Discord for about an hour a day. “Man, this really felt like a grooming process.” Emma’s parents spoke to her about child predators, and she blocked the boy. But since the pandemic began, there has been a considerable increase in online child sexual exploitation, says Ashleigh Chapman, a human rights lawyer in Wyoming and founder of Justice U, which works to combat human trafficking.
Foreign observers shocked by chaos over U.S. election
       
But, man, it’s taking a long time, and I’m beginning to worry.”ADSome foreign observers are also struggling to explain the U.S. political drama to their baffled friends and colleagues. That is one of the issues that makes this very, very special.”ADHenriksen praised the enthusiasm of voters this year and the diligence of election workers in polling stations where the mission was allowed to observe. American political institutions have proven more delicate than most international observers thought. As a result, we are always one election away from U.S. commitments coming undone.”ADThe final report by OSCE election observers is not expected before late December or January. But already, Henriksen is calling the mistrust engendered by the White House “a pity” for American democracy, and the world.
Opinion | Trump’s dam finally breaks. But we cannot go through this again.
       
“Unfortunately, every day lost to the delayed ascertainment was a missed opportunity for the outgoing administration to help President-elect Joe Biden prepare to meet our country’s greatest challenges. In addition, one can imagine a slew of states will reexamine their own certification procedures. Every state should clarify that bureaucrats are not empowered to overturn the will of the people (and providing stiff criminal penalties if they try it). We certainly have not seen the last of Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the election. In an appropriately celebratory video, the Biden-Harris transition team signaled a changing of the guard:We are fortunate Biden exercised remarkable patience and began to assemble one of the most experienced Cabinets and White House staffs in history.
Opinion | Yes, the Biden administration should hold Trump accountable
       
ADADBut one need not embark on a malicious hunt to identify serious criminal abuses by Trump and many of his closest aides. The Watergate special prosecutor was appointed to demonstrate that “no person is above the law” — even a president. It would be irresponsible to conclude that such serious offenses also should be ignored after Trump leaves office. I am not suggesting that Biden should order his attorney general to prosecute Trump and his close aides. ADADThe collapse of the impeachment process makes it even more imperative to treat the criminal law as a real, available check on presidential abuses.
Opinion | What was ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ really supposed to tell us?
       
However unintentionally, “Hillbilly Elegy” was — and is — an argument that there is a limit to which politics can explain personal trauma, not proof that a single story can diagnose a nation. What is true is that the upbringing Vance describes in “Hillbilly Elegy,” and that Howard re-creates in the movie faithfully if not vividly, is unbearably grim. Yet looking back, it’s fascinating that so much of the discussion of “Hillbilly Elegy” focused on the book’s sociological underpinnings and conclusions, rather than on this more personal tale of woe. A political moment turned a book about trying to understand the Vance family into a book about trying to understand half of the country. But finally seeing “Hillbilly Elegy” for the painful, personal story it is, rather than for the series of prescriptions it was made out to be, would be an overdue reckoning.
Covid live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar
       
Australian air carrier Qantas anticipates asking all international travelers to prove they’ve been immunized against the coronavirus once a vaccine is widely available — a requirement that is likely to be adopted throughout the industry, CEO Alan Joyce said Monday. “I think it will be a common theme, talking to my colleagues in other airlines across the world,” Joyce told Australia’s Nine News. Travelers entering or leaving Australia could be required to show an electronic “vaccination passport” that shows which vaccine they received, Joyce said. He acknowledged that the government would probably need to provide input, though Australian officials have said that they are primarily focused on orchestrating the rollout of a vaccine once one is available, and have yet to decide if border restrictions will be changing. On Monday, the organization announced that its app was in the final stage of development and a pilot program would begin later this year.
Biden transition live updates: Trump, GSA's Emily Murphy allow transition to formally proceed
       
Will never concede to fake ballots & ‘Dominion’.”Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet saying, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”Trump’s claims of widespread fraud have been roundly rejected in court cases. He referred in his tweet to Dominion Voting Systems, a company that supplies voting technology for election jurisdictions across the United States. He also cited a Breitbart News story about a poll showing a majority of Republicans did not accept the election result. Later, Trump retweeted a tweet by Quaid about revoting. “Are you listening Republicans?” Trump added in his own words.
Miley Cyrus 'fell off' during the pandemic -- but is now two weeks sober
       
(CNN) Miley Cyrus is being open about how she too has struggled during the pandemic. During a recent appearance on Apple's "New Music Daily with Zane Lowe" which dropped Monday, Cyrus said she "fell off" and would never want to pretend that she has been sober. "I fell off and I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober," said the singer/actress who back in June revealed that she was six months sober then. That may not be sobriety for everyone, Cyrus said, though she said for her alcohol can lead to impulsive behavior. Cyrus turned 28 on Monday and told Lowe having been 27 really made her pursue sobriety "because we've lost so many icons at 27."
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What happens to Black Friday in the midst of a pandemic? CNN Business explains why the shopping event will never be the same.
Frank's RedHot owner buys Cholula in $800 million deal
       
New York (CNN Business) McCormick is adding a bit more spice to its portfolio with hot sauce Cholula. The hot sauce market has been growing steadily. With Cholula, the two brands make up about 30% of the US hot sauce market, according to Euromonitor International and Nielsen data provided by Cholula. Frank's and Cholula are popular in different markets and attract different consumers, McCormick said. McCormick is acquiring popular hot sauce brand CholulaRead More
Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack will step down after 36 years
       
New York (CNN) Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack is stepping down after 36 years, a tenure in which he transformed his family's small business into a national presence, took the company public and enacted a strong stance on the US gun debate. Stack's father founded the company in 1948, and Stack has served as chairman and CEO of Dick's since 1984, when he and his siblings bought his father's two small sporting goods stores in upstate New York. Under Stack's leadership, the company now has more than 850 stores and nearly $9 billion in annual revenue. Dick's became part of the US debate over guns when Stack took a bold stance after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. Shortly after the shooting, Dick's announced it would stop selling semi-automatic, assault-style rifles as well as high-capacity magazines that hold several bullets for semi-automatic weapons.
Best Buy just had its best quarter in 25 years
       
New York (CNN Business) Best Buy is capitalizing on shoppers snapping up laptops, home theater systems, kitchen appliances and other electronics as consumers continue to spend more time at home in the pandemic. That marked Best Buy's largest quarterly sales increase in 25 years. Much of Best Buy's growth came from home delivery and curbside pickup sales. Online sales boomed 174% last quarter and accounted more than one-third of the company's sales. Best Buy's BBY net sales increased to $11.9 billion last quarter, while its profit grew to $391 million.
How to ask for a raise in the middle of a pandemic
       
With massive job losses and continued economic uncertainty as the pandemic drags on, workers might be hesitant to ask for anything, let alone a raise. Acknowledge the elephant in the roomStarting the conversation about a pay raise can be uncomfortable during normal times, but it gets a little more complicated in the middle of an economic slowdown. Show your valueThe argument that you are working hard isn't going to result in a raise. Give a range, suggests Nadine Franz, founder of APEX Career Services, "A range allows for good conversation and compromise." Follow up and follow throughEven if you aren't successful in getting a raise, there are still benefits just from asking.
66% of companies still plan to give bonuses next year
       
The blunt trauma sustained by so many parts of the US economy due to the pandemic has hit many employers. That's according to a new survey of more than 700 US companies from employment advisory firm Willis Towers Watson. On average, companies now expect to raise salaries for non-executives by an average of 2.6%, down from the 2.8% they initially projected for all employees. For executives, the estimated hike will be 2.5%. The main reasons cited for the drop: weaker financial results, cost management and budget cuts.
'Devastating and unrelenting' Covid-19 crisis will cost airlines $157 billion, says IATA
       
London (CNN Business) More huge losses are looming for the airline industry as carriers brace for the Covid-19 crisis to extend well into 2021. The International Air Transport Association forecast Tuesday that the sector will lose $157 billion this year and next due to the pandemic. "This crisis is devastating and unrelenting," IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. De Juniac said that Covid-19 made 2020 the worst financial year on record "bar none." The industry group expects net losses to total $118.5 billion, worse than the $84.3 billion forecast in June.
Hotels struggle through holiday season that's short on cheer
       
But for Fitzpatrick, like many hotel owners, a looming quiet holiday season is a grim reminder of the Covid-19 pandemic's devastating impact . Most of the rooms in his remaining open hotel are empty, and each day business stays quiet, the financial impact worsens. "Every month it's just drain drain drain." If the pandemic continues in June, Fitzpatrick says he doesn't want to think about what will happen to his business. The group has forecasted the steepest drop in business travel, a 55% decline.
Stocks soar as Biden transition begins
       
(CNN) Investors have a lot to be thankful for this holiday-shortened week, and stocks posted solid gains Tuesday to extend Monday's rally. The Dow was up more than 300 points, or 1%, shortly after the market opened -- and it was closing in on both a new all-time high and the 30,000 level. The latest catalyst: It appears that a formal transition from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden is finally underway. News came Monday that the General Services Administration is starting the so-called ascertainment process, which allows Trump administration officials to coordinate with the Biden team. And that follows more promising coronavirus vaccine developments on Monday, as well as sources confirming to CNN that former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will be Biden's nominee for Treasury SecretaryJUST WATCHED FULL SHOW 11/18/2020: Stocks rise on vaccine optimism Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH FULL SHOW 11/18/2020: Stocks rise on vaccine optimism 20:09Read More
Biden to choose Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary
       
Janet Yellen, who will be the first woman to hold the job should she be confirmed by the Senate, will be tasked to lead Biden's economic response to the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Julia Chatterley explains why she is "crisis ready." Source: CNNBusiness
Why losing weight might protect you from Covid-19
       
More than 40% of adults in the United States are obese. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why obesity is one of the top underlying health conditions associated with Covid-19 deaths. Source: CNN
Doctor fights back tears describing Covid-19 hospitalizations in Minneapolis
       
Minneapolis doctor Shirlee Xie emotionally describes the impact coronavirus hospitalizations has on front line workers and shares what it's like to witness grief and loss.
David Dinkins, New York City’s 1st Black mayor, dies at 93
       
The first and only Black mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, has died at the age of 93. In 1990 he was sworn in after defeating Rudy Giuliani. In other TODAY headlines, General Motors is recalling nearly 6 million SUVs and truck in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators.
Ken Jennings named 1st interim host of ‘Jeopardy!’
       
“Jeopardy!” record holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing the late Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday. A long-term host will be named later. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.
As JFK Jr.’s 60th birthday nears, friends reflect on what might have been
       
Wednesday marks what would have been the 60th birthday of John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash 21 years ago. NBC’s Anne Thompson spoke to two of his confidants, who reflected on his life and what might have been.
Pope Francis talks with 5 NBA players about social justice
       
On Monday, Pope Francis hosted a delegation of five NBA players at the Vatican to discuss their work on social justice issues. The group included the Houston Rockets’ Sterling Brown and Jonathan Isaac from the Orlando Magic.
E.U. secures 160 million Moderna shots
       
Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images The South Korean government moved to implement tougher social distancing measures amid a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. Nursing homes were ravaged by the initial wave of the coronavirus, prompting Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's somber admission in May that the country had failed to protect its elderly.
Kristen Stewart on 'gray area' of only gay actors playing gay characters
       
In Clea DuVall’s “Happiest Season,” Kristen Stewart plays Abby, an art history Ph.D. student whose girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), has invited her home for Christmas. And I’ve always loved her — I was kind of shocked that she’s so good at comedy, at writing something funny. Whatever a queer female couple is to the masses, who aren’t necessarily accustomed to that living in their homes for Christmas, I really wanted these people to feel completely lived in and self-realized. Like, I really, really like her. There are a lot of people who feel it’s important that gay actors play gay characters, after so many years of that not being the case.
Qatar Airport Officers Are Charged After Invasive Strip Searches Of Female Passengers
       
Qatar airport security employees were charged with unspecified crimes for invasive searches of female travelers following the discovery of an abandoned newborn at the Doha airport. Qatar prosecutors said in a statement Monday that security officers violated the law by “summoning female medical staff to conduct external examinations” of airline passengers in a hunt for a woman who had just given birth. The announcement of the charges came on the same day that Qatar officials revealed they had located the baby’s mother. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne called the measures a “grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events.” Her ministry filed a complaint with Qatar. Qatar leader Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani acknowledged that procedures were violated and expressed his “sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through,” the BBC reported.
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in rural Utah
       
A mysterious metal monolith was discovered in Utah after public safety officers spotted the object while conducting a routine wildlife mission. A helicopter crew with the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was assisting Wildlife Resources on Wednesday to count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, the department said. "He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' "We just happened to fly directly over the top of it.”The mysterious metal monolith was discover in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The department said it was unclear who, or what, installed the monolith, and that they would not disclose the exact location of the object out of safety concerns.
Calif. Gov. Newsom apologizes for breaking own Covid guidance
       
Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. The country's daily case average for the last week has been 171,820 cases per day, more than double the 84,718 per-day average four weeks ago. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images The South Korean government moved to implement tougher social distancing measures amid a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
New York City emergency room doctor warns of potentially deadly consequences of Thanksgiving travel
       
New York City emergency room doctor warns of potentially deadly consequences of Thanksgiving travelA New York City emergency room doctor is warning Twitter users of the possible deadly consequences of travel and family gatherings during the holiday season. “There’s just no foolproof way to make holiday family meetups zero-risk,” tweeted Craig Spencer, 39, a doctor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Hospital. I’m spending Thanksgiving indoors with a lot of new people!!! There’s just no foolproof way to make holiday family meetups zero-risk. Spencer hopes he and his fellow emergency room staff will have time to gather for some food on Thanksgiving, but isn’t holding his breath.
The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping
       
In addition to nicotine, some of the chemicals, like the carcinogen formaldehyde, are created when the nicotine-rich liquid in some vaping devices is heated to high temperatures. Concerns about vaping grew after a 2019 outbreak of severe lung injuries, which were subsequently linked to vitamin E acetate, an additive found in some vaping devices that deliver THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Producers of Juul introduced changes that enhanced the palatability and safety of vaping, but at the same time “made it easier for kids to start using nicotine,” Dr. Wagener said. And Juul doesn’t require the high temperatures that produce toxic substances like formaldehyde. A single pod contains the nicotine equivalent of a pack of conventional cigarettes.
Give Thanks for This Simple Pleasure
       
One tradition I particularly love is everyone going around the table and saying what they are thankful for. I wonder how much of what people gave thanks for this year differs from other, more “normal” years. It reminds me of a Thanksgiving tale a good friend shared with me a couple of years ago. A few parents gave thanks for health, happiness, partners sticking by them, love and all good things. To all the streaming services we collapse in front of every evening and the series we are entertained by.
Selection of Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary Lifts Stocks: Live Business Updates
       
After two decades at the central bank, analysts say, she would be able to foster a close relationship between the two institutions. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was 0.6 percent higher in midday trading, led by gains in financial and energy stocks. Analysts at UBS said the selection of Janet L. Yellen as President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Treasury secretary could offer a “more tightly coordinated response” to the pandemic. Janet Yellen spent nearly 20 years at the Federal Reserve, including as chair of the central bank for four years. Credit... Eric Thayer for The New York TimesJanet Yellen knows Wall Street, and Wall Street knows Janet Yellen.
Live Updates: Biden’s Transition to the Presidency Formally Begins
       
ET Live Updates: Biden’s Transition to the Presidency Formally Begins After weeks of delay, a key federal official designated Joe Biden the apparent winner, allowing his team to access government resources and information. Today, Mr. Biden will announce his picks for cabinet offices including the secretary of state and director of national intelligence. That means Ms. Yellen, 74, will need to bring a mix of political, diplomatic and financial savvy to the job. In replacing Ms. Yellen, Mr. Trump broke with precedent. Born in Brooklyn in 1946, Ms. Yellen was raised in Bay Ridge, a middle-class neighborhood across the waterfront from Staten Island.
Coronavirus is roaring back in parts of Asia, capitalizing on pandemic fatigue
       
Pandemic fatigue is a key ingredient, experts say. AD“The unforeseen development of the third wave forewarns an even harsher and harder winter,” Kang said at a meeting. In Hong Kong, a cluster of infections originating from dance clubs has shattered a weeks-long streak of low to zero local cases. That cluster has emerged as one of the biggest Hong Kong has seen, with more than 130 confirmed cases. But the financial hub is also battling a similar wave of fatigue and complacency that Japan has experienced.
The Finance 202: Yellen will face host of political problems as Biden's treasury secretary
       
But whatever political cover Yellen may have because of her work at the central bank could prove short-lived. The chair of the Federal Reserve has broad authority to control interest rates and other key instruments of monetary policy. The treasury secretary, by contrast, is typically immediately thrown into intense political battles consumed by difficult policy trade-offs and backroom jockeying, tasked with striking agreements with recalcitrant lawmakers who have their own parochial and political incentives. ADADIt is unclear whether Yellen will play a similar role in Biden’s first term. Having been tapped by both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Yellen also has long-standing ties to the party’s more centrist wing.
Oklahoma fans allegedly assault Oklahoma State equipment manager during ‘Bedlam’ game
       
Video of the episode posted by Oklahoma City TV station KOKH showed a fracas breaking out at that point, attracting the attention of stadium event staff and security personnel. “The OU Athletics Department is aware of the interaction during Saturday night’s game between some fans and an Oklahoma State team staff member,” Oklahoma said in a statement provided to The Washington Post. “The matter was immediately turned over to the OU Police Department and is under investigation with the athletics department’s full cooperation. No matter the outcome of the investigation, physical contact by any fan with an employee of any team is unacceptable. “They were really beating this kid down.”The man said he saw three or four OU fans “just swinging on” the equipment manager in the bleachers.
Biden transition live updates: Trump, GSA's Emily Murphy allow transition to formally proceed
       
Will never concede to fake ballots & ‘Dominion’.”Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet saying, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”Trump’s claims of widespread fraud have been roundly rejected in court cases. He referred in his tweet to Dominion Voting Systems, a company that supplies voting technology for election jurisdictions across the United States. He also cited a Breitbart News story about a poll showing a majority of Republicans did not accept the election result. “They are 100% correct, but we are fighting hard,” Trump said. Later, Trump retweeted a tweet by Quaid about re-voting.
Who is Janet Yellen, Biden’s pioneering pick to lead the Treasury amidst a deep crisis?
       
Unemployment fell more during her tenure than for any other Fed chair since World War II. ADADThe U.S. unemployment rate was 6.7 percent when Yellen started as Fed chair. In her final days as Fed chair, she imposed one of the harshest penalties ever on Wells Fargo after the bank’s scandal involving sham accounts. She wanted to talk economics at a very, very deep level,” said Seth Carpenter, a former Fed economist who is now chief U.S. economist at UBS. Yellen famously told Marketplace Radio in 2019 that Trump has a “lack of understanding” about the Fed and economic policy.
Trump allows transition to begin, but his baseless efforts to sow doubt continue
       
Every weekday morning, political correspondent James Hohmann brings you a briefing of the news you need to know and insights you can’t get anywhere else.
Opinion: US manufacturers have jobs to fill. Finding workers here at home is the problem
       
As CEO of a global manufacturing company, I am focused on our personnel and hiring needs. Moreover, our efforts to add additional operators at other facilities across the United States were also proceeding considerably more slowly than expected. In fact, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute estimated in 2018 that this skills gap could leave about 2.4 million manufacturing jobs unfilled between then and 2028. Notwithstanding massive job cuts, I worry that the United States simply lacks the pool of manufacturing talent that companies like mine need. But now, the global economic order is changing and, amid a global pandemic, the pace of that change is accelerating.
Janet Yellen's first battle is already taking shape
       
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. The battle lines of Yellen's first big fight are already being drawn as the need for additional government aid becomes more acute. The situation could be even worse by the time Yellen takes the reins. "Fiscal stimulus is likely to be much smaller under a divided Congress and the size is likely to grow smaller the longer it takes Congress to pass legislation." But Corporate America hasn't wasted any time orienting itself for the Biden era, my CNN Business colleague Paul R. La Monica reports.
Video: Marshawn Lynch Helps Pass out 200 Free Turkeys Ahead of Thanksgiving
       
Ted S. Warren/Associated PressFormer NFL running back Marshawn Lynch helped hand out 200 free turkeys Monday ahead of Thanksgiving on the island of O'ahu in Hawaii. Rob DeMello of KHON2 News tweeted footage:The 34-year-old Lynch, a native of Oakland, California, now lives in Hawaii for part of the year. In 2011, Lynch co-founded the Fam 1st Family Foundation, which provides leadership to children, particularly in the Oakland area. During his 12-year career with the Buffalo Bills, Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, he was a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time first-team All-Pro and one-time Super Bowl champion. Lynch also excelled in the playoffs with 970 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 13 career postseason games.
NFL Makes History with All-Black Officiating Crew for Rams vs. Buccaneers
       
Jason Behnken/Associated PressMonday's game between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers featured the first all-Black officiating crew in NFL history. "This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game," Vincent said. Jerome Boger is the head referee and joined by umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. This isn't the first time an NFL referee was involved in making history this year. The Cleveland Browns' Week 3 encounter was the first regular-season game to feature women in the officiating crew as well as the respective sidelines (Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson, Washington offensive assistant and intern Jennifer King and referee Sarah Thomas).
Harry Truman's living example
       
Joe Scarborough is joined by Walter Isaacson and Claire McCaskill for a discussion on his new book 'Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization'.
Ohio shatters its single-day case record, U.S. counts its 20th day of 100,000-plus cases
       
Ohio shatters its single-day case record, U.S. counts its 20th day of 100,000-plus cases Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. The country's daily case average for the last week has been 171,820 cases per day, more than double the 84,718 per-day average four weeks ago. Other states setting single-day records Monday: Connecticut with a record 5,271 coronavirus cases*Kansas with 7,526 cases*Rhode Island with 2,572 cases*Virginia with 3,242 casesWyoming with 1,262 cases and 26 dead * These states didn't record cases over the weekend. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
Dr. Jha: The virus is now 'truly a nationwide event'
       
Dr. Ashish Jha, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, says that while the Midwest may be hit with the most coronavirus cases now, the pandemic is 'truly a nationwide event'.
Trump crams one last racist policy into his final days as president
       
President Donald Trump is threatening to veto the annual defense spending bill, which would change the names of U.S. military bases that honor Confederate military leaders. The hastily written order was attacked, correctly, as being racially motivated, which appeared to be backed up by Trump's own statements. In his waning days in office, he's going all in on protecting "Southern heritage" from liberals and minorities. In all of these cases, Trump has positioned himself as the champion of a white America under siege. Currently at stake is the National Defense Authorization Act, the biggest and normally one of the most bipartisan annual spending bills to pass in Congress.
David Dinkins, NYC's first Black mayor, dies at 93
       
David Dinkins, who became New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday at the age of 93. The Morning Joe panel remembers his life and legacy.
Trump's Twitter firing of Chris Krebs can't hide the truth about election results
       
Krebs did this while under both friendly and foreign fire, some of which emanated straight from the White House. Krebs was fired because he had the audacity to publicly challenge Trump’s fantastical fabrications about the election. Krebs, a former policy director at Microsoft, has been the face of our country’s efforts to secure the 2020 presidential election. Even Trump-allied GOP senators who understand the critical work of CISA have expressed dismay at Krebs' firing. “I'm proud of the work we did at CISA," Krebs told NBC News on Tuesday night after his firing.
Opinion | Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S.
       
Both governments have heavy domestic agendas to attend to, and so even if competition between China and the United States is unavoidable, it needs to be managed well, cooperatively. It is possible for the two countries to develop a relationship of “coopetition” (cooperation + competition) by addressing each other’s concerns. Washington, for its part, should ensure a level playing field for Chinese enterprises to operate in the United States. Washington’s so-called national security argument against Chinese companies seems hypocritical to the Chinese considering that China, over the course of four decades or more of reform and opening up, welcomed all kinds of Western technologies and American companies into China — all the while maintaining its own national security. On the political front, it is high time that the United States drop its habit of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.
A treehouse that divided a Capitol Hill neighborhood must come down — in 2024
       
Both parties agreed that the treehouse will come down but not until early 2024. A certified arborist must oversee the removal of the treehouse when it does come down. ADDenise Krepp, an advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents a nearby part of Capitol Hill, said she was glad the treehouse will stay a few more years and relieved the fight has ended. ADAt the crux of the dispute is the 20 inches where the eight-foot-high treehouse hangs into the public alley over a mulched tree box. Over the years, the treehouse has divided neighbors on the U-shaped alley called Archibald Walk, near G and Sixth streets in Southeast Washington.
Power Up: Trump green lights Biden transition, filled with a raft of familiar Washington faces
       
The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted to certify the state's election results formally awarding Biden the state's 16 electoral votes. It's .gov from now on: The official transition website was given a .gov domain and the Pentagon announced that the Biden transition contacted the department last night to officially kick off transition activities. AD“ DoD is prepared to provide post-election services and support in a professional, orderly, and efficient manner that is befitting of the public’s expectation of the Department and our commitment to national security,” per the statement. Alejandro Mayorkas , Biden's pick for homeland security secretary, would be the first Latino to lead the department. An encouraging move from the Biden team.” Prakash, who served alongside Kerry on the climate task force, tweetedAs for Yellen, “close allies Sens.
How Trump's false election claims are keeping his movement alive
       
How Trump's false election claims are keeping his movement alivePresident Trump lost his bid for re-election, but he and many of his most fervent supporters have refused to accept it. Experts now worry for the future of American democracy.
The ugliest presidential election in history: Fraud, voter intimidation and a backroom deal
       
Much as President Trump is doing now, backers of Hayes, the governor of Ohio, charged the election was being stolen. The difference was that, unlike now, there was clear evidence of fraud and voter intimidation. All eyes focused on charges of intimidation of Black Republican voters in the three disputed Southern states (In Oregon, the issue was a disputed elector). Republican President Ulysses S. Grant had already sent federal troops to the states to help keep the peace. In the four contested states, Republican and Democratic officials filed separate tallies for Hayes or Tilden, throwing the election into chaos.
Formerly homeless, this man is giving away 2,500 Thanksgiving meals this year
       
“My big meal of the day was school lunch, and many nights, there was no dinner,” recalled Adams, now 49. They left presents under the tree for Adams’s family and filled the fridge with food, including a turkey and homemade pies. Thanksgiving’s Heroes began in 2015 when Adams raised enough funds to give away turkeys and all the trimmings to 755 families in need. To see their faces light up — there’s nothing like it.”Another volunteer, Kallie Tueller, 23, said she was surprised last year to come home after her deliveries and find a Thanksgiving’s Heroes box sitting on her own front porch. “Nobody should go hungry in this country.”Adams gets choked up, he said, when he reads the messages of gratitude left every year on the Thanksgiving’s Heroes Facebook page.
It’s dark outside. Families are putting up Christmas lights early to offset the gloom.
       
Amid all this, families are digging into their storage containers earlier than ever to follow through on one part of the holidays they can control: turning on the Christmas lights. In many cases, Carpenter said, holiday lights remind people of their families and childhood experiences celebrating holidays. A study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology also found people who hang holiday lights are perceived as more affable. Trying to re-create the holiday fun that has been a staple of his life, he put his holiday lights up in mid-November. There’s the artificial Christmas tree his aunt, Kerry, gave him when he moved to the United States in 2009.
Escalating violence in strategic Syrian city belies Assad’s claim that he’s in control
       
The former commander, Adham al-Karad, and four of his companions were killed, sparking weeks of violence, according to opposition media reports corroborated by monitoring groups, analysts and social media posts. His military has reclaimed much of the territory that had been lost at the height of the insurgency, and rebel fighters are now bottled up in one remaining enclave in northwestern Syria. Daraa city is just north of Syria’s border with Jordan, and the province of the same name hosts a strategic border crossing. Some accepted reconciliation deals, with many joining the Syrian army’s Russian-sponsored Fifth Corps, created ostensibly to fight the Islamic State. Even after the city fell, he continued to speak of revolution and criticized Iran and Russia, Assad’s biggest backers.
China and Russia are using coronavirus vaccines to expand their influence. The U.S. is on the sidelines.
       
But China is signing agreements for early vaccine access in regions where it has historically battled the United States for influence. Even the name it chose for its first covid-19 vaccine — Sputnik V — evokes the 1950s Cold War space race. Kirill Dmitriev, head of the RDIF, declined an interview request but has portrayed criticism of Sputnik V as a Western effort to undermine the project. The Kremlin, too, is hailing Sputnik V in its diplomatic outreach. They work, and they are safe and efficient,” Putin said last Tuesday at a summit of BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
At 100, the Phillips Collection doesn’t seem to have aged
       
But Phillips had something different in mind for his museum — something more generative and forward-thinking. Behind its affluent, conservative facade, the museum, which Phillips developed in tandem with his wife, Marjorie, has radical DNA. Unlike Henry Clay Frick and Isabella Stewart Gardner, who were only intermittently interested in modern art, Phillips was devoted to his living contemporaries from the outset. And when, in 2018, Kosinski appointed Makeba Clay, the Phillips became the first U.S. art museum to have a chief diversity officer. “Part of our history,” she continues, “is that at a very early stage, Duncan Phillips was buying works from African American artists.
Biden transition live updates: Trump, GSA's Emily Murphy allow transition to formally proceed
       
Harrison told the Associated Press that his Dirt Road PAC will focus on investments in state-level Democratic candidates and parties, including voter registration efforts in areas that Democrats have viewed as harder to win. He indicated that his first priority would be helping the pair of Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia involved in Jan. 5 runoffs. “The days of just swooping in every few years and putting up a candidate, having no grassroots infrastructure and thinking that we’re going to win — that’s just not working,” Harrison told the AP. “If the president-elect calls my number, then I’m getting into the game,” Harrison said. “If my number gets called, then I will definitely step onto the field.”
'Dancing with the Stars' crowns a new champ
       
This story contains spoilers from the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars." "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday crowned "Bachelor" alum Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev the new champions. The results came to the shock of some, who had been rooting for "Catfish" host Nev Schulman and pro Jenna Johnson. Ultimately, the pair came in second place, but Schulman showed no signs of hard feelings over his loss. Huge thanks to everyone at @DancingABC for letting me be a part of this fantastic show," Schulman wrote on Twitter.
No-deal Brexit would be worse for the UK economy than Covid-19, says Bank of England governor
       
London (CNN Business) Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has warned that failing to secure a new trade deal with the European Union would do more damage to the UK economy over the long run than the coronavirus pandemic. Negotiators have been trying to hammer out a deal that will allow for tariff-free trade to continue. But progress has been slow, and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Monday that "fundamental differences" still need to be resolved. UK business groups are pushing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to secure a deal, saying that many companies have been stretched to the breaking point by the coronavirus and another round of lockdowns. Without an EU deal, UK-based firms face hefty tariffs, quotas and other barriers to doing business with the country's biggest export market starting on January 1.
Help Central America hurricane victims
       
(CNN) Hurricane Iota slammed into an already storm-ravaged Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm November 17th. The landfall was just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta hit two weeks earlier. Eta left thousands displaced and dozens killed in Central America. Iota is the 13th hurricane of the historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The combined devastation from Iota, Eta and the coronavirus pandemic will likely plague the area -- already suffering from a poor public health system -- for years to come.
Covid-19 and climate change make hurricanes more devastating for Latin America
       
Now in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, they see the drops falling from the sky with terror. A man walks on the beach after the passage of Hurricane Iota in Bilwi, Nicaragua on November 17, 2020. But the lasting damage of Hurricanes Eta and Iota are a reminder that climate change is a growing driver of migration, too. Rescuers navigate a flooded road in a boat after the passing of Hurricane Iota in La Lima, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. "Central America and Honduras are among the regions in the world most affected by climate change," Honduran president Hernández said.
Opinion: An expert's advice on talking to the climate skeptic in your life
       
In moments like these, I don't think there's much to say. No wonder that -- even though it affects everyone's lives -- only 35% of Americans talk about climate change at least occasionally, according to estimates from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. In those conversations, she aimed to persuade voters that climate change is real and worth voting on. And I know that clean energy is the biggest solution to climate change. Sutter: Are there any key "don'ts" that you have learned from engaging in these conversations about climate change?
Opinion: What Biden's new security and diplomatic team can do for America
       
As it happens, Haines was also an advocate for Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA under President Donald Trump. Blinken has also been known to cite the fabled 8,000-word "long telegram" that the great American diplomatic thinker George Kennan, then chargé d'affairs in Moscow, sent back to the State Department in 1946. The central observation: "At [the] bottom of Kremlin's neurotic view of world affairs is traditional and instinctive Russian sense of insecurity." With Trump withdrawing America from the TPP, a slightly different pan-Asian trade partnership, the door was open to China to fill the vacuum. The Biden-Blinken universe represents a return to a world where America may not be the center of the universe in every instance, nor needs to be.
Opinion: Lindsey Graham's big political miscalculation
       
Political analysts have moved the race into a toss-up category from solidly Republican as a bevy of polls show Graham and Harrison in a virtual tie . "Be a man," Harrison said as he scolded Graham on his attempt to downplay his flip flop. This possibility was unforeseen not because Graham was considered invincible or because of our status as a deep red, Deep South state. Join us on Twitter and FacebookGraham, whose political career spans 25 years, knows there is a big divide between that group and the most passionate Trump voters. He is either playacting now to attract Trump voters or was pretending to be a man of character for all those years before Trump became president.
Penguins tour Soldier Field, home of Chicago Bears
       
Four Magellanic penguins from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium paid a visit to neighboring Soldier Field, exploring the Chicago Bears' locker room and exercising on the field, which was set up that day for a Chicago Fire MLS match.
Danish zoo puts Santa inside snow globe to keep him Covid-safe
       
Aalborg Zoo in Denmark figured out a new and safe way for Santa to greet children during the coronavirus pandemic - having him sit in a giant snow globe.
Vintage Photos Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades Past
       
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition dating back to 1924. In 2020, the parade will still march on, but with some modifications. “Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in a statement. Although the parade may look a bit different, many classic elements will remain. In honor of Thanksgiving week, we’ve rounded up 45 vintage photos of the parade from years past.
Violent dismantling of Paris migrant camp feeds debate on police footage
       
Footage of police violently dismantling a migrant camp in the heart of Paris have inflamed debate on a controversial bill that would curtail sharing of images of police officers. Other footage shows a policeman tripping a man as he was trying to flee the scene. While migrant camps have regularly appeared — and been dismantled — on the outskirts of Paris, local authorities actively prevent them being set up within the city itself. The migrants were reportedly former occupants of a camp in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, which was dismantled last Tuesday. Police followed the migrants and prevented further efforts to settle down for the night until they were outside of Paris.
Not All ‘Eco-Friendly’ Food Delivery And Takeout Containers Are Created Equal
       
Tallula’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, prioritizes buying seasonal produce from local farmers who practice regenerative agriculture to minimize its ecological footprint. For takeout and delivery orders, the staff packs tacos and heaps of steaming nachos in recyclable aluminum boxes and biodegradable paper bowls. But sourcing quality, affordable, eco-friendly containers can be difficult, said Monica Heffron, executive project manager for the restaurant group that owns Tallula’s. About half of that includes single-use items — including flatware and serving containers for restaurant takeout and delivery, which has ramped up significantly since the start of the pandemic. Kradin wants JYBE to be part of the solution as it helps restaurants switch to plastic alternatives.
Commission to seal deal with Moderna for up to 160M doses of coronavirus vax
       
The contract secures 80 million doses and allows Brussels the option of purchasing an additional 80 million, according to the agreement made in August. Von der Leyen said the jab could be "highly effective," citing preliminary results reported by the company last week that showed it could be 94.5 percent effective. "Vaccination can help and is crucial to end this pandemic and overcome this virus," von der Leyen said. The Commission president stressed that all possible coronavirus vaccines will be tested "very carefully" by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for safety and efficacy. "The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives severely: Many people are ill and have lost their jobs," von der Leyen said.
Seth Meyers Names 2 Things He Definitely Won't Miss From The Donald Trump Era
       
President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is drawing to a close. And on Monday’s “Late Night,” host Seth Meyers pointed out two things he definitely won’t miss about the Trump era. The first is the “Mad Libs-style news reporting” on the administration. “Every time you hear about something the Trump team said, it’s like an old Dennis Miller joke from the ’80s,” the comedian cracked. Check out Meyers’ “A Closer Look” segment here:
Opinion | How Joe Biden Can Rein in Donald Trump’s Reckless Middle East Policy
       
On top of all this, Trump’s administration announced plans on November 10 for a massive weapons sale to the United Arab Emirates. For example, some of Biden’s top advisers have expressed skepticism about the sale of offensive American weapons to the Gulf. The early reactions of some Arab regimes to Biden’s election suggest they sense this shift, and they are uneasy. At its worst, security assistance and cooperation entangle America in the abuses and excesses of Arab regimes. But a more compelling argument for following Biden’s dictum is a story I was told by a retired American military officer.
Newly elected Rep. Boebert asks about carrying a gun on Capitol grounds
       
The public is barred from carrying weapons in the Capitol, its grounds and office buildings. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote. He said members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol “all the time,” though he mentioned no names. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, justified letting lawmakers carry weapons. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.
Michele Flournoy would be first woman to run Pentagon, may bring many more women with her
       
WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's likely pick to run the Pentagon, would be the first female secretary of defense if confirmed and could appoint an unprecedented number of women to senior roles at the Defense Department. Biden is poised to announce Flournoy as his nominee as early as Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the decision. She also served as the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy in 2012 and now leads the Biden-Harris agency review team at the Pentagon. Brooks points out that as Pentagon policy chief Flournoy pioneered the creation of more flexible, family-friendly work policies, including four-day work weeks and job sharing. Brooks co-founded The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), which was created by a group of women, many of whom were alumni of Flournoy's team at the Pentagon.
Biden to hold event with national security, foreign policy team
       
President-elect Joe Biden will introduce key members of his Cabinet and national security team during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday afternoon. Those picks include Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and John Kerry as Biden's special envoy for climate. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsMayorkas is the first Latino and the first immigrant picked to head Homeland Security, and Kerry's selection marks the first time that the National Security Council will include an official dedicated to climate change. On Monday, a Biden transition official told NBC News Biden will be joined by these individuals at the announcement, which they stressed will follow coronavirus safety protocols. The event is Biden's first public appearance since the head of the General Services Administration on Monday informed the president-elect that the official government transition process has been approved.
South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge
       
SEE NEW POSTSSouth Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. Share this -Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Spain, one of the epicenters of the early outbreak in Europe, has registered more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, western Europe’s second highest tally after France, and 43,131 deaths.
Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transition
       
After weeks of delay, the head of the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the official governmental transition process has been approved.
Americans, Cancel Thanksgiving Plans To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19. Love, Canada.
       
One of the oddities of North American calendar scheduling is the dichotomy between so-called Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving. COVID-19 cases have spiked across Canada in the past month since Thanksgiving and Halloween. On Oct. 12, Canada had over 185,000 COVID-19 cases. — Dood (@DDstermann) November 21, 2020hello america this is what happened with canadian thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/iZd1Bok4j0 — patrick (@patwmurray) November 15, 2020FYIOur surge here in Canada is traced back to our Thanksgiving in October. — Laura Gubbe (@gubbe_gubbe) November 22, 2020We already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada and our numbers are not as high as yours.
Jaime Harrison launches new PAC to help Dems
       
Former Democratic Senate candidate from South Carolina, Jaime Harrison, announces on Morning Joe he is launching the new 'Dirt Road' PAC to bolster Democratic candidates in rural areas.
Prepare for Your College Student’s Return for the Holidays
       
“College kids have lost the balance between work and play. “I always encourage parents to share the burden by getting their kids additional resources, such as therapy or online support, and to maintain regularly scheduled medical appointments,” Dr. Turovsky said. “It gave me comfort knowing who was coming in and out and what chances I was taking,” said Mrs. Wolk. The sooner you address the issue, the more time you’ll have to explore arrangements that work for both of you. But spending time with friends outdoors with masks while maintaining physical distance remains the safest plan.
Dancing Six Feet Apart? They’d Rather Not
       
The wedding date came and went. That was April 2019, and we started planning for the wedding almost within a month. For us, the wedding was really about celebrating with friends and family of all ages, and we wanted it to be really special. Dancing six feet apart just didn’t seem like what we were going for. Your friends and family were supposed to come together and shower you with love — literally.
To Wear Their Masks, the Beards (and a Tradition) Had to Go
       
They were losing their beards. Cammarata, who oversees the ski patrol for an area in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, had to clamp down on the facial hair so that the patrol could properly wear their N95 respirator masks for protection in the coronavirus pandemic. But he knew this would be a tough measure to accept for the men on his crew (47 of the resort’s 56 patrollers). For the vast majority of them, beards and the ski patrol go together like snow and the mountains. “You could tell people they’re not getting a merit increase, that you’re cutting their skiing privileges,” said Cammarata, the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area operations director.
Is the New Owner of the Mets Funny? An Investigation
       
Cohen has a new toy, and in a refreshing way, he seems to love playing with it. In an era of social media managers, it is fair to wonder if it is actually Cohen behind the keyboard. Either way, the account marks a departure from Cohen’s previous reputation as a cryptic billionaire hedge fund owner. During a live Zoom conference call with reporters, Cohen projected a relaxed, engaging and knowledgeable demeanor as the new leader of the Mets. It was the polar opposite of the Wilpons, whose news conferences often felt awkward and scripted.
Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth
       
These battles have taken a toll on morale. In an employee survey this month, Facebook workers reported feeling less pride in the company compared to previous years. Others have stayed, reasoning they can make more of a difference on the inside. Still others have made the moral calculation that even with its flaws, Facebook is, on balance, doing more good than harm. But Mr. Zuckerberg said the post did not violate Facebook’s rules.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. Response
       
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Crisis Deepens, Biden Team to Be Briefed on Disjointed U.S. On Monday, President Trump’s government finally authorized Mr. Biden to begin a formal transition process. In the absence of a formal transition, Mr. Biden had been left trying to signal to Americans that he is prepared to take charge of a disjointed federal virus response. “It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before Election Day,” Mr. Biden said in Delaware in early November after announcing a coronavirus task force. Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker A look at all the vaccines that have reached trials in humans.
As Customers Move Online, So Does the Holiday Shopping Season
       
The holidays will look different at Macy’s this year. The Thanksgiving Day parade will proceed without spectators, and Santa Claus will not be reviewing Christmas wish lists from his usual perch on 34th Street. But while many of those traditions are likely to return once the threat of the coronavirus passes, other changes at Macy’s this holiday shopping season — which traditionally begins with Thanksgiving — signal how the company’s business, and that of the entire retail industry, may be altered forever by the pandemic. Early last month, two Macy’s stores, in Delaware and Colorado, went “dark,” meaning employees are primarily using the spaces as fulfillment centers where they process online orders and returns rather than a place for customers to browse and shop.
How de Blasio Backed Himself Into a Corner on Closing Schools
       
An examination of Mr. de Blasio’s decision shows that, for all the apparent last-minute suspense, it actually was all but preordained. The mayor’s team worried that reversing course would risk a revolt from city educators that might have doomed the prospect of any in-person learning for the rest of the school year. And Mr. de Blasio hoped that sticking with the 3 percent rule would prove to educators, and to the city’s powerful teachers’ union, that he was still in their corner. “I think there is a real sense among educators that this administration is not able to meet this moment,” said Paula White, the executive director of Educators For Excellence-New York, which represents thousands of city teachers. And even the shutdown decision did not do much to restore the trust of many rank-and-file educators.
Evidence Builds That an Early Mutation Made the Pandemic Harder to Stop
       
As the coronavirus swept across the world, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of those mutations made no difference in how the virus behaved. But one mutation near the beginning of the pandemic did make a difference, multiple new findings suggest, helping the virus spread more easily from person to person and making the pandemic harder to stop. The mutation, known as 614G, was first spotted in eastern China in January and then spread quickly throughout Europe and New York City. Within months, the variant took over much of the world, displacing other variants.
What We Know About AstraZeneca’s Head-Scratching Vaccine Results
       
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe? For years, Oxford researchers have been testing their chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine, ChAdOx1, on a number of other diseases including Ebola and Zika. AstraZeneca’s vaccine has a number of advantages over other leading vaccine candidates: It’s easier to mass produce and store, and it’s also cheaper, at $3 to $4 per dose. That reflects the prices paid by governments like the United States that have placed orders for tens or even hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine. Does this mean it will soon be available in the United States?
After Trump, Biden Faces Pressure to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan
       
TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Trump has made cultivating closer ties with Taiwan a critical part of his efforts to counter China’s rising influence. He has significantly increased weapons sales to Taiwan’s military, vowed to step up economic cooperation, and generally bolstered relations with the self-ruled democratic island — even in his waning days. His successor, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., will most likely continue on a similar path, albeit without Mr. Trump’s characteristic pugnacity. As concerns grow about China’s increasingly aggressive behavior on the global stage, Mr. Biden will face pressure from Democrats and Republicans to strengthen ties with Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory. While Mr. Biden said little about Taiwan on the campaign trail, he has said the United States should get “tough with China” and described its top leader, Xi Jinping, as a “thug.” His transition team has already reached out to Taiwanese officials.
Virginia Democrats, Thrilled With Biden Victory, Aren’t Looking for Carbon Copy
       
ANNANDALE, Va. — Katherine White spent countless hours this year organizing voters to back Joseph R. Biden Jr. for president. One of millions of suburban women who became politically active for the first time after Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016, Ms. White is among the coterie of Biden voters processing his victory by thinking about what comes next. The big question Ms. White and other Democrats in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington are asking themselves now is whether the Biden political template — a steady, experienced white man — is what they want from Democrats in the post-Trump era. Mr. Biden’s victory was powered by suburban voters, especially women like Ms. White, who were motivated during the primary and the general election by what they perceived as the existential threat of a second term for the president. Without Mr. Trump on the ballot, Ms. White and other liberal suburban women are looking to see the Democratic Party put forward more candidates that look like them — and they are not interested in waiting much longer.
Since Election Day, a Lot of Tweeting and Not Much Else for Trump
       
In the three weeks since Election Day, President Trump’s most visible presence has been on Twitter. Trump Tweets Per Day Tweets about election fraud Other tweets 50 tweets 30 10 Nov. 4 Nov. 22 Trump Tweets Per Day Tweets about election fraud Other tweets 50 tweets 30 10 Nov. 4 Nov. 22In total, the president attacked the legitimacy of the election nearly 400 times since Election Day, though his claims of fraud have been widely debunked. Date Public Calendar Played Golf Election Fraud Tweets New Covid Deaths Nov. 4 17 1,616 Nov. 5 Delivered televised remarks about election. 19 796 Nov. 17 18 1,607 Nov. 18 19 1,923 Nov. 19 20 1,962 Nov. 20 Delivered remarks on prescription drug prices. In a number of tweets, Mr. Trump said unequivocally but falsely that he won the election.
A Failed Attempt to Overturn the Election
       
Listen and subscribe to The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherPressure and litigation appear to have been the pillars of President Trump’s response to his general election loss. His team filed a litany of court cases in battleground states. In some, such as Georgia and Michigan, the president and his allies took an even more bullish approach, attempting to use their influence to bear down on election officials, even at the lowest levels of state government. They have been relentless and tenacious in the efforts to transform the president’s fortunes. As the formal transition process finally gets underway, we take a look at how the Trump campaign’s attempts to overturn the election played out, and what they might mean for democratic norms in future.
Janet Yellen Has Excelled at Big Jobs. This Will Be the Hardest One Yet.
       
It raises knotty questions about just how independent the central bank is, and should be, from the rest of the government at a time of crisis. Ms. Yellen will approach these questions steeped in the institutional values of the Fed, where she started her career as a young researcher. She has served as president of the San Francisco outpost of the central bank, as its vice-chair, and four years as its leader. She entrusted him with much of the hard, unglamorous work of overseeing the central bank’s operations. A Treasury secretary with less attachment to the Fed might take a more flexible view of the roles of the two organizations.
The Transition Begins
       
Many Americans have spent weeks, if not months, asking some version of this question: What if President Trump refuses to leave office? Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee who runs the agency in charge of presidential transitions, formally designated Joe Biden as the election’s apparent winner. Murphy’s move provides Biden with federal funds for his transition and authorizes Biden’s aides to begin working with Trump administration officials. (Election officials in Michigan and multiple Pennsylvania counties yesterday certified their election results.) In every substantive way, the Trump presidency is now coming to an end.
Laura Ingraham says that Biden will be president: ‘This constitutes living in reality’
       
“Unless the legal situation changes in a dramatic and frankly an unlikely manner, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.”ADShe later added, “To say this constitutes living in reality. ADADIngraham has sounded similar themes for weeks, regularly leaning into the unsubstantiated claims of election fraud that have driven Trump’s legal fights in key swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. On Monday, though, Ingraham told viewers that Biden’s victory was all but inevitable. “As unpleasant and disappointing as these past three weeks have been to so many of us, as much as we wish things were different, this is where things stand tonight,” Ingraham said. ADBut she did argue that Trump should continue his legal challenges, which have been roundly rejected in multiple courts.
A 70-year-old came out of retirement to teach nursing. She died of covid-19 after a student exposed her.
       
But in October, a student exposed her to the virus, the school said, and last month, Meda died of complications from covid-19. Meda, a native of Charleston, S.C. who moved to Harlem when she was 7, never finished high school, her daughter said. But she completed her GED and got a degree in nursing from the City College of New York in 1984. So in April, Meda applied to Collin College to teach high school juniors and seniors who were interested in nursing careers. Meda learned the student had tested positive on Oct. 9, the president said, and two days later, began exhibiting symptoms.
How to properly relocate vent pipes in your bathroom
       
I live where it can get really cold, and they say moving the vent pipes can be a problem. Can the vent pipes be moved, yes or no? ADThe fast answer for Suzanne is the vent pipes can be moved. Local codes may require the vent pipes to be put in certain walls. Most people think that the plumbing vent pipe up on the roof is like a factory chimney that exhausts smoke.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
Pope Francis condemns anti-mask protesters in his new book, saying that they have “an angry spirit of victimhood” but are “victims only in their own imagination.”Titled “Let Us Dream: A Path to a Better Future,” the book is drawn from Francis’s conversations with papal biographer Austen Ivereigh and focuses heavily on the coronavirus crisis and other world events that have dominated headlines over the past year. In a copy obtained ahead of publication, NPR reported, the pope sharply criticizes countries that were quick to lift lockdown restrictions due to concerns about the impact on the economy, saying that they “mortgaged their people.”“What matters more: to take care of people or keep the financial system going?” he asks. Francis aims similar fire at people who protested public health restrictions, saying that they “live off grievance, thinking only of themselves.” Many find being told to wear a mask to be intolerably oppressive, but show little concern for people who have lost their jobs, he says. “You’ll never find such people protesting the death of George Floyd, or joining a demonstration because there are shantytowns where children lack water or education, or because there are whole families who have lost their income,” he writes, according to Agence France-Presse. “On such matters they would never protest; they are incapable of moving outside of their own little world of interests.”
California seemingly corralled coronavirus. Now, cases are surging, hospitals are full and shutdowns are back
       
As recently as last month, the West had reason to believe that it had the coronavirus under control. Oregon, along with Washington and California, issued a travel advisory asking visitors to quarantine for two weeks on arrival. Last week, New Mexico announced new highs in hospitalizations, infections and deaths, including that of a child. The state had never reported more than 13,000 daily cases until last week, when it did so three times. But news of the dinner came days later, as Newsom announced tougher regulations, and he acknowledged his obvious practice-and-preaching problem.
253 Supreme T-shirts expected to sell for $2M in Christie's auction
       
Jessie Yeung , CNN Written byIn 2014, James Bogart bought his first T-shirt from the cult US streetwear brand Supreme. In the six years since, he has acquired every single retail-released tee sporting the label's iconic box logo -- a collection now expected to sell for around $2 million. Supreme's brand and more recent fame have been built through social media hypeand scarcity. The Box Logo Collection contains 253 shirts spanning Supreme's entire brand history. The collection includes early editions, such as four T-shirts that feature a smaller Box Logo design -- released in 1995.
The V&A museum has acquired the Harry Styles cardigan that sparked a TikTok craze
       
Written by Oscar Holland, CNNOne of the world's leading museums has acquired the patchwork cardigan famously worn by pop star Harry Styles for its permanent collection. The multi-colored garment will join some of human history's most significant items of clothing at the V&A in London, after it sparked a viral crocheting trend on TikTok. The garment will join the V&A's fashion collection. The cardigan will join the V&A's vast fashion collection, which spans five centuries and is described as the world's "largest and most comprehensive collection of dress." Top image caption: Harry Styles wore the cardigan to a rehearsal for NBC's Today Show in February 2020.
Watch: Saks Fifth Avenue unveils annual holiday light show
       
Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City unveiled its annual holiday light show and window display for the 2020 season.
Controversial security bill puts pressure on French interior minister
       
France's lower chamber of parliament will vote on the bill on Tuesday afternoon | Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty ImagesPARIS — A security bill that French President Emmanuel Macron and his interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, hoped would cast them as protectors of police forces and French citizens is turning into a political hand grenade. Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti said on BFMTV that there were discussions within the government about the bill. The minister implicitly criticized the approach of Darmanin, saying he did not consult representatives of the press beforehand. Opinion battleThe storm has intensified with another controversial comment from Darmanin after police arrested three journalists during a protest against the security bill on November 17, including one from state-funded media France Télévisions. The editors-in-chief of virtually all large French media outlets co-signed a short statement responding to Darmanin, saying that their reporters wouldn't seek accreditation from the government.
England to introduce coronavirus testing for international travelers
       
Travelers to England will be allowed to stop quarantining after five days provided they get a negative test result, under new rules due to come into force on December 15. Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, criticized the announcement on BBC Radio 4's “Today Program.” O'Leary said many people arriving in the U.K. do not always isolate and the rules are unenforceable. “What European authorities are recommending is that you have people obtain a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to departure,” the businessman said. “From a medical science point of view, [Michael O'Leary's suggestion] doesn't really work,” said Shapps. “You need to have a period during which the incubation could have taken place.”The U.K. will release regional details of its new tier system of COVID restrictions on Thursday.
Controversial gun advocate hired by Justice Department last month
       
A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Lott’s title Monday, but declined to answer further questions about his hiring. OJP, a relatively low-profile branch of the Justice Department, administers about $5 billion in grants each year to states, police departments and nonprofit groups. The office also conducts research into the causes of crime and gathers statistics on criminal justice topics. POLITICO NEWSLETTERS POLITICO Playbook Sign up today to receive the #1-rated newsletter in politics. While gun violence has been the primary focus of Lott’s work, he has also dabbled in research related to election fraud.
POLITICO Playbook: The revenge of the careerists
       
POLITICO Playbook: The revenge of the careerists Presented by FacebookThis is an administration filled with people who have deep experience in government and in the agencies they will be running. THE BIGGEST SHIFT in Washington in January won’t only be that Democrats are taking the White House. EXPECT INTERVIEWS with JOE BIDEN to be a big deal -- meaning, they won’t happen that often, which gives them an extra oomph. IN OTHER WORDS, if the TRUMP White House was like downing a vat of Tabasco sauce over the past four years, the BIDEN White House will be like sipping unflavored almond milk. BUT, BUT, BUT … IT ISN’T ALL DRAMA-FREE -- RYAN LIZZA: “It is still early in the Biden transition.
Jimmy Kimmel Has A Way To Trick Donald Trump Out Of The White House For Good
       
Jimmy Kimmel is fed up with outgoing President Donald Trump clinging to power in his desperate attempts to overturn the 2020 election. So, on Monday’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, the late-night host came up with a way to finally trick Trump into leaving the White House for good. It involves building a fake White House in Las Vegas. “If ever there was a workable plan post-presidency, this is it,” joked Kimmel. Check out Kimmel’s monologue here:
Heiko Maas optimistic on EU breaking budget deadlock
       
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday he is "confident" that the deadlock over the EU's €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund package due to a dispute over the rule of law can be solved soon. “I am sure that due to the great pressure that exists now, it will also be possible to find a solution by the December Council,” Maas said, referring to a planned European Council summit of EU leaders on December 10-11. Negotiators from the German presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament earlier this month reached agreements on the bloc's next seven-year budget and a related scheme that could lead to a withdrawal of EU budget payments if a country violates certain rule-of-law criteria. But Hungary and Poland last week blocked the approval of the budget deal and the related coronavirus recovery fund as they oppose the rule-of-law scheme. “We need a solution and we need it now, and we need it fast.
Thanksgiving dinner will be served: The pandemic didn't dent the U.S. turkey supply
       
Travel restrictions, a recession and socially distant Thanksgiving celebrations won't put a dent in the number of turkeys on store shelves this holiday. U.S. growers raised 222 million turkeys this year, according to the Agriculture Department, just 3 percent fewer than were raised in 2019. And market analysts are expecting an adequate supply this Thanksgiving as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to Americans not to travel this season leads to more — but smaller — meals. When asked about its supply of turkeys, Walmart referred NBC News to an online post, in which it said that with more customers planning for smaller groups, it anticipates a higher preference for smaller turkeys or turkey by the pound. Jordan said any excess turkeys will likely go into cold storage as retailers try to entice customers with steeper discounts around Christmas and Easter.
'Beyond an embarrassment,' legal experts say of Trump and Giuliani's floundering efforts in court
       
Rudy Giuliani was brought in to lead an "elite strike force" of lawyers to guide President Donald Trump's legal challenges to the 2020 election, but their efforts have been "dysfunctional" and "an embarrassment," based on "unsubstantiated evidence" and "outlandish claims," legal experts told NBC News. Election lawyer Matthew Sanderson compared Giuliani unfavorably to James Baker, who led George W. Bush's legal effort in the 2000 presidential election. Earlier in the same Pennsylvania case, Giuliani was seeking to add back in arguments his predecessors had dropped, presumably because they didn't have the evidence to back their claims. "It's a pernicious, problematic attempt to bedraggle our democratic processes," Pérez said, adding the legal campaign has been full of "unsubstantiated allegations, inadequate evidence and outlandish claims." Kirschner, an NBC News legal analyst, said, "It angers me when I hear Donald Trump's lawyers and defenders say, 'You have every right to bring these cases.'
Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. Reaching the world is the next.
       
Vaccines have been delivered around the world before, but never has the demand for one set of drugs been so immediate or universal. But many experts are warning that even supplying people around the world deemed a priority — health workers, the elderly and the infirm — will be a challenge. "Our track record gives us confidence in our ability to quickly scale and manufacture and distribute large quantities of a high-quality Covid-19 vaccine, leveraging multiple sites in the U.S. and Europe," spokesman Dervila Keane said in an email. Kai Pfaffenbach / ReutersIn a world where every Covid-19 shot will count, whole batches going bad in transit would be seen as a major problem. Nurses working with the World Health Organization prepare to administer Ebola vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2018.
With empty seats at the table, unflappable turkey farmers rethink Thanksgiving
       
Thanksgiving is all about tradition, but this year tradition looks a little different for turkey farmers. Over 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, the National Turkey Federation estimates, mostly from large-scale integrators, which pay farmers to raise birds for them on contract. Outbreaks at meat and poultry processing plants, including a small turkey processing plant in Indiana, have forced larger companies to slow production and implement new safety measures. The Butterball turkey processing plant in Carthage, Mo. But for the most part, if it's Thanksgiving, there's a turkey on the table, even if fewer people are around it.
How long will a Covid vaccine be effective and why cold storage is important
       
SEE NEW POSTSCreating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. The change will bring the rules governing quarantines in England more in line with other European countries, including Germany. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The king, 52, has cancelled his public appearances during the quarantine period after the person tested positive on Monday, one day after they were in close contact, the source added.
Dozens charged in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme
       
More than 30 people were charged for their participation in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors announced. Prosecutors said Smith took bribes to fix exam scores and used intermediaries to connect her to maritime workers who were willing to pay. The release said those intermediaries would funnel the money and the mariners’ requests to Smith, who would then falsely report the scores in the Coast Guard computer system. Six people, including two former Coast Guard employees, are accused of acting as intermediaries for Smith. All of them, including Smith, were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Covid live updates: Vaccines seek approval; States extend restrictions and mask mandates
       
"We have agreed to temporarily exclude trips destined for the cities of Sapporo and Hokkaido from the travel campaign," Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Tuesday. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. Lim Huey Teng / Reuters Malaysia will close some factories of the world’s largest maker of latex gloves in stages as it moves to screen employees for Covid-19 after more than 2,000 workers tested positive, authorities said. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The king, 52, has cancelled his public appearances during the quarantine period after the person tested positive on Monday, one day after they were in close contact, the source added.
Opinion | Two Costly Wars, and a Legacy of Shame
       
O.K., there is a civil war going on in Afghanistan right now. We’re keeping our troops there indefinitely because of this idea that if we leave there’s going to be this vacuum. I don’t think the American people have actually really refreshed their browser on the Afghan war since 2001 or two. They’re going to get upset and they’re going to get tired of it. They’re going to want revenge and they’re going to figure it out.
Opinion | Thanksgiving in a Strange Land
       
Many live in climates where an outdoor Thanksgiving is a reliably agreeable prospect. One way to do so, I’ve found, is to remember that if we’re erring, we’re doing so on the side of caution. So I try to remind myself of the basics; we want everyone to be present and healthy next Thanksgiving. At the moment my phone-in Thanksgiving call was answered, waves of indistinct but animated voices would rush down the line. So this Thanksgiving, I tell myself, will be like those on which I couldn’t come back to the Berkshires.
Why Is Congress Still Discussing Hydroxychloroquine? - The New York Times
       
The purpose of congressional hearings is to inform policy with evidence and analysis from expert witnesses. The history of medicine is littered with snake-oil salesmen who championed useless or harmful treatments based on personal experience. In the hearing, I was called “reckless” because I pointed to facts that could prevent people from getting this treatment. Senator Johnson and his witnesses questioned the integrity of the medical community, suggesting scientists were part of some “deep state” conspiracy to deny Americans access to lifesaving therapies. We’ve heard this before — including from President Trump, who has accused doctors of inflating Covid-19 cases for profit.
Opinion | We Know How to Run Better Elections. Why Don’t We Do It?
       
Electronic or paper poll books are used to check if a voter is registered to vote at a particular location. Increasing numbers of states already use a version of such digital poll books, but there needs to be a national standard for their certification and security, along with national funding. Even with a system that’s expected to work well, we need to know that it has worked well. That’s why we should have risk-limiting audits after each election after the counting is complete but before the result is certified. In such audits, a small number of randomly selected ballots are examined and compared with the already reported results.
DOJ agreement requires Realtors to offer transparency on real estate commissions
       
In addition, buyers’ agents will be obligated to tell their clients about the compensation they are being offered. Buyers’ agents won’t be able to describe their services as free to the buyer and must be transparent about how they get paid. Redfin real estate brokerage has been publishing its buyers’ agent compensation offers for about 18 months. ADAD“This settlement will usher in a new era of price competition for real estate agents,” Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin real estate brokerage, said in a statement. “This settlement will let any real estate site show how much a buyers’ agent stands to earn on any sale.
D.C.-area forecast: Mixed skies and colder, but turning warmer by Thanksgiving with showers
       
Confidence: Medium-HighADTonight: Partly cloudy and cold, with lows ranging through the 30s as light winds start to come from the south. Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly cloudy skies and trending warmer as highs reach the mid- to upper 50s with light winds from the south. Confidence: Medium-HighADTomorrow night: Cloudy with rain showers developing later at night as lows only dip to about the low 50s. Partly cloudy and cool Thursday night with lows in the mid-40s to around 50. Friday night should see partly to mostly cloudy skies with lows from the mid-40s to low 50s.
Washington's rebuild can't end with winning the awful NFC East
       
Which brings us to the latest installment of how the Washington Football Team is handling the 2020 season. What not to do: allow the regression of everyone in the division to provide a false sense of Washington’s progress. ADWhat matters about Rivera’s first season isn’t what happens around Washington in the division. In 2014, Rivera’s Carolina Panthers won their last four games to take the (then-lousy) NFC South at 7-8-1. It heads into the Dallas game with the inspirational story of quarterback Alex Smith’s comeback as its most positive development.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
Pope Francis condemns anti-mask protesters in his new book, saying that they have “an angry spirit of victimhood” but are “victims only in their own imagination.”Titled “Let Us Dream: A Path to a Better Future,” the book is drawn from Francis’ conversations with papal biographer Austen Ivereigh and focuses heavily on the coronavirus crisis and other world events that have dominated headlines over the past year. In a copy obtained ahead of publication by NPR, the pope sharply criticizes countries that were quick to lift lockdown restrictions due to concerns about the impact on the economy, saying that they “mortgaged their people.”“What matters more: to take care of people or keep the financial system going?” he asks. Francis aims similar fire at people who protested against public health restrictions, saying that they “live off grievance, thinking only of themselves.” Many find being told to wear a mask to be intolerably oppressive, but show little concern for people who have lost their jobs, he says. “You’ll never find such people protesting the death of George Floyd, or joining a demonstration because there are shantytowns where children lack water or education, or because there are whole families who have lost their income,” he writes, according to Agence-France Presse. “On such matters they would never protest; they are incapable of moving outside of their own little world of interests.”
Elon Musk is now tied with Bill Gates as world's second richest man
       
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Elon Musk's rocket-like climb up the ranking of the world's richest men continues. Tesla TSLA TheCEO's net worth soared on Monday as shares of his electric automaker hit a record high, boosting his net worth to $127.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index, which tracks the world's 500 wealthiest people. Microsoft MSFT For a couple of hours that put him slightly above Bill Gates, the co-founder ofand world's second-richest person, who was estimated to be worth $127.7 billion. The latest readout from the Bloomberg index has the men tied on $128 billion each. So far in 2020, Tesla's stock has shot up almost 524%, helping Musk add more than an estimated $100 billion to his wealth.
Trump strips Biden’s options to boost the economy
       
Much of the work on Biden’s behalf will fall to Janet Yellen, his pick to be Treasury secretary. Republicans will probably block his most ambitious spending programs, as they did with President Barack Obama in the years after the 2008 financial crisis. Then you had the worst shock anybody’s seen, so it seems like it can only reinforce that pre-Covid perspective. The administration itself is limited in what it can do without more spending from Congress. But Yellen, if confirmed, could work to boost the confidence of businesses worried about how they’ll be treated and uncertain about new regulations, said Karen Dynan, an economics professor at Harvard University.
Georgia Dems will knock on doors with Senate at stake
       
But now Democrats say they can canvass safely, even as Covid-19 cases surge across Georgia and nationwide. The campaigns' epidemiologist trained the field staff leadership on the safety guidelines, according to the coordinated campaign. Democrats have been organizing on the ground, but most groups halted their door-knocking programs after the outbreak of the pandemic. Britney Whaley, a senior political strategist at the Working Families Party in Georgia, said the group’s goal was to knock on 750,000 doors. The campaigns provided masks but did not require them at their kickoff rallies in the state earlier this month.
'People are pissed': Tensions rise amid scramble for Biden jobs
       
The top of the campaign — Ron Klain, Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti — will move into the top slots of the Biden White House. “People who were not part of winning the hard-fought primary were placed before people who were part of that,” said the Biden adviser. There are Biden Senate staffers, Biden vice presidential staffers, Biden presidential primary staffers, and Biden general election staffers. “People are pissed,” said the Biden adviser. I am really interested to find out how you even find out how you got a job in this White House.”
Rachel Maddow Rings The Alarm On How Trump's 'Setting The Place On Fire' As He Leaves
       
Rachel Maddow on Monday warned what’s being “overlooked” as President Donald Trump tries to “stretch out defying” the result of the 2020 election. The host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” said Trump’s ongoing legal challenges of the vote were not just a waste of time but also “a distraction from the stuff” that his administration is doing “on its way out the door to mess up the country as much as they can.”As one example, Maddow noted how the Trump White House had earlier in the day officially withdrawn the United States from the Open Skies Treaty which allows 34 nations to conduct observation flights over each other’s territories. And, the anchor explained, President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration will find it tough to rejoin the treaty — because the Trump administration has reportedly ordered for the specialized aircraft the U.S. uses in its flights to be destroyed. “We have not paid enough attention to the way the Trump administration is setting the place on the fire as they are walking outside the door but it is now time to turn our attention to that,” said Maddow. Check out Maddow’s comments above and below:
David Dinkins, NYC's First Black Mayor, Dies At 93
       
ASSOCIATED PRESS David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, on Jan. 2, 1990. De Blasio, who worked in Dinkins’ administration, named Manhattan’s Municipal Building after the former mayor in October 2015. ASSOCIATED PRESS Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, right, and his wife, Joyce Dinkins, participate in a ceremony renaming the Manhattan Municipal Building to the David N. Dinkins Building, in New York on Oct. 15, 2015. ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Mayor David Dinkins tries out his new desk on Jan. 1, 1990 at City Hall in New York prior to his inauguration ceremony as the new mayor of New York City. That deal guaranteed that the U.S. Open would remain in New York City for decades.
Trump's GSA tells Biden the transition can begin. But let's not sugarcoat this failed coup.
       
But it also marked a predictably dangerous turn for an autocratic president who can't admit to losing, fair and square. Even so, I know that "coup" is a big word that carries a lot of historical baggage. Can there be a coup that doesn't involve a news blackout or tanks in the streets or people cowering in their homes? We must also re-evaluate our language and narrative; the word here is "coup," and the narrative here is "a coup that did not succeed." It's true that Trump's lawyers have seemed unwilling to lie in court in the same way that they have in the media.
Need a Covid nurse? That'll be $8,000 a week
       
Early in the pandemic, hospitals were competing for ventilators, Covid-19 tests and personal protective equipment. Doug Burgum told health care workers to stay on the job even if they've tested positive for Covid-19. Hospitals not only pay the higher salaries offered to traveling nurses but also pay a commission to the traveling nurse agency, Sorenson said. "Even if the health care sector can somehow find more beds, it cannot just go out and buy more front-line caregivers." Demand in Rocky Mountain statesMeanwhile, business is booming for companies centered on health care staffing, such as Wanderly and Krucial Staffing.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
Australian air carrier Qantas anticipates asking all international travelers to prove they’ve been immunized against the coronavirus once a vaccine is widely available — a requirement that is likely to be adopted throughout the industry, CEO Alan Joyce said Monday. “I think it will be a common theme, talking to my colleagues in other airlines across the world,” Joyce told Australia’s Nine News. Travelers entering or leaving Australia could be required to show an electronic “vaccination passport” that shows which vaccine they received, Joyce said. He acknowledged that the government would likely need to provide input, though Australian officials have said that they are primarily focused on orchestrating the rollout of a vaccine once one is available, and have yet to decide if border restrictions will be changing. On Monday, the organization announced that its app was in the final stage of development and a pilot program would begin later this year.
Twitter is evolving beyond tweets
       
On Tuesday, the social network announced disappearing tweets and previewed a few more upcoming features, including audio. Unlike typical tweets, Fleets do not receive retweets, likes or public replies. Twitter began testing Fleets in Brazil earlier this year. Twitter is also doubling down on audio features, including expanding its test of voice tweets , testing audio in direct messages in Brazil, and introducing a new experiment called "audio spaces," which it expects to be available before the end of the year. "Fleets give Twitter a way to compete in the 'Stories' arena that Snapchat and Instagram have occupied for years.
Meet Rebekah Mercer, the deep-pocketed co-founder of Parler, a controversial conservative social network
       
New York (CNN Business) Rebekah Mercer, a prominent conservative donor, revealed Saturday that she is helping to bankroll Parler, the rapidly growing but controversial conservative social media platform that was at the top of App Store charts last week. Parler mostly attracts conservative users. Who is Rebekah Mercer? Rebekah Mercer in 2017For years, the Mercers have been key benefactors of conservative groups, ranging from the Heritage Foundation think tank, where Rebekah Mercer serves on the board of trustees, to organizations that have produced anti-Hillary-Clinton books and movies. Rebekah Mercer went on to serve on the executive committee of Trump's transition team,Rebekah Mercer did not respond to a request for comment.
Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey testify before Senate committee: Live updates
       
President Donald Trump’s social media accounts could face even greater enforcement when he leaves office, Dorsey and Zuckerberg both said. Facebook and Twitter have policies that permit elected officials and world leaders, respectively, to make claims on their platforms that would otherwise violate the companies’ policies. But once Trump leaves office, he would no longer be eligible for that special treatment. “If an account is not a world leader anymore, that particular policy goes away,” Dorsey said. “By and large, the vast majority of our policies have no newsworthiness or political exception,” Zuckerberg said.
These refugees fled a massacre in Ethiopia's Tigray region. They join tens of thousands making the journey to Sudan
       
They left their home onto the streets of Mai-Kadra, a market town in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. Thousands like Oyeb have made the journey to neighboring Sudan where they have encountered a shortage of food, beds and shelter. Tigray civilians paying the priceAs Ethiopian troops close in on Tigray's capital of Mekelle, leaders of the TPLF refuse to surrender. A refugee crisisHundreds have died and at least 30,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, according to the UN. "There is a real humanitarian crisis being created by the unfolding conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region," said the EU crisis management commissioner, Janez Lenar?i?, in a statement on Thursday.
Bobi Wine arrest: The Ugandan presidential candidate's second arrest has sparked protests
       
Kampala (CNN) Ugandan presidential opposition candidate Bobi Wine has been arrested for the second time this month, sparking violent protests in the country. The popular musician-turned-politician was arrested while campaigning in Eastern Uganda, according to Wine's staff -- just weeks after a prior arrest . "The price of freedom is high but we shall certainly overcome," a tweet from his official account read, announcing his detainment on Wednesday. JUST WATCHED Bobi Wine: Seriously considering running for president Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Bobi Wine: Seriously considering running for president 04:37"Despite repeated warnings issued to candidates, their agents and wider public about the negative impact and health risks of holding unauthorized rallies and processions, we continue to witness acts of defiance and total disregard of the EC [Electoral Commission] guidelines. Therefore, those who shall defy these Electoral Commission guidelines with their sinister plans aimed at disrupting the electoral process will definitely suffer consequences," the statement read.
Nigerian army admits to having live rounds at Lekki Toll Gate, despite previous denials
       
(CNN) The Nigerian army admitted on Saturday that soldiers were given both live and blank bullets when they were deployed to protests at Lekki toll gate on October 20. "The soldiers they were both given both live and blank bullets. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo attends a judicial panel investigating the shooting of protesters in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 14, 2020. That is why they were armed (with) blank bullets in addition to the live (bullets) they were carrying." This is the first time the Nigerian army has admitted having live rounds at the Lekki toll gate.
As Trump's GSA begins election transition, Biden needs access to Covid-19 vaccine plans
       
And yet for weeks, Trump's team refused to allow Biden's transition team access to the plan. It's hard to overhype the dangers such stonewalling posed to an efficient vaccine distribution plan. Withholding the current distribution plan from the transition team risked the president-elect's team not being ready to effectively implement the plan. Biden needs to be read into the details of Trump's plan now, because the plan may need major alterations. But by refusing to immediately share details of the vaccine distribution plan with the incoming administration, lives may have already been lost.
Analysis of CCTV footage from Lekki toll gate raises new questions about shooting
       
But when it came, the Lagos State government's security camera footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting did not capture everything. The surveillance footage once again raises questions about the investigation into what happened at the Lekki toll gate protest -- and why surveillance video from the evening does not provide a more complete picture. The army has repeatedly said the soldiers deployed to the toll gate fired into the air and not at protesters directly. CNN's investigation had revealed the use of live ammunition at the toll gate, based on analysis carried out by ballistics experts and conversations with military sources. "It had nothing whatsoever to do with the Lekki toll gate," he said.
Self-Confessed Troll Donald Trump Jr. Shares Fake Video Of His Dad Beating Up Biden
       
Donald Trump Jr. took time out from cleaning his guns during his coronavirus quarantine to share a spoof video to Instagram of his dad beating up President-elect Joe Biden and prominent Democrats. Outgoing President Donald Trump’s eldest son — who is currently self-isolating in a cabin after testing positive for COVID-19 last week — shared an edited version of the barroom brawl scene from the Robert De Niro-directed 1993 crime movie “A Bronx Tale,” writing: “Now youse can’t leave!!! The clip sees Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) attacking Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton. It ends with Christie breaking wind.
Joe Biden’s Team of Careerists
       
“He both respects them and resents them,” one colleague of Biden’s in the Obama White House said of his attitude toward Washington’s large class of academic elites. Part of the reason, say veterans of Biden’s Senate and vice presidential operations, is that he was always more conversant in and determined to have impact on first-tier policy issues than his public reputation suggested. Also going in with Biden as White House senior adviser is veteran political operative Mike Donilon, who has been with him for years. So has Donilon’s sister-in-law, Cathy Russell, who will now run the White House personnel office. Even as only a fraction of positions in the Biden administration are filled it is already obvious his team has some defining signatures.
Surgeon General Issues ‘Dire’ COVID-19 Warning As Trump White House Plans Indoor Parties
       
Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Monday warned people to “be smart” with their Thanksgiving celebrations this year in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Adams also applied his caution to outgoing President Donald Trump’s White House, which plans on hosting in-person, indoor holiday parties despite soaring infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 nationwide. “I’m asking Americans, begging you, hold on just a little bit longer. Look at those tips for everyone. These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone.”
Australian airline boss wants 'vaccine passport' for travelers
       
SEE NEW POSTSAustralian airline boss wants 'vaccine passport' for travelers The Qantas check in area is seen empty at Sydney International Airport in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic on March 19. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images The boss of Australia’s largest airline said Monday that once a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available, it may require passengers to use it before they can travel abroad. — The Montana governor’s office says more than 100 contracted medical staff have arrived in the state to assist hospitals in responding to the spike in COVID-19 cases. State health officials reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing total confirmed cases to more than 56,000. There have been more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 in Colorado, with more than 2,400 deaths, according to state data.
Pope Francis says for first time that China's Uighurs are 'persecuted'
       
In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time callsChina's Uighurs a "persecuted" people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. In the wide-ranging "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," Francis also says the COVID-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income. "I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi," he said in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. While the pope has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Islamic State in Iraq, it was the first time he mentioned the Uighurs. During a conference at the Vatican last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China over its treatment of Uighurs.
Monday Night Football: Jared Goff throws 3 TDs as Rams earn 27-24 victory over Bucs
       
The Rams held Tampa Bay to just 251 yards of total offense. Gay would convert from 38 yards on the final play of the half as the Rams took a 17-14 lead into the break. The two turnovers led to 10 points for Tampa Bay as both came inside Los Angeles territory. Goff and Cam Akers connected for a 4-yard touchdown as the Rams took a 24-17 lead. Goff hit Woods for 23 yards and Kupp for 19 yards to move deep into Tampa Bay territory.
Biden picks Blinken, Yellen, Kerry, brings back the Washington establishment
       
And Biden is expected to tap Janet L. Yellen, former Federal Reserve chairwoman, as treasury secretary. ADADThe anticipated appointments offer “one of the first windows into the administration Biden is hoping to build,” my colleagues reported. Blinken was Biden’s chief surrogate during the 2020 campaign and has already played a leading role in articulating the Biden administration’s foreign policy goals. On human rights and democracy, in particular, the Biden administration is expected to be more vocal than Trump. ADAD“The last administration has to acknowledge that we failed, not for want of trying, but we failed,” Blinken said about the war in Syria during a May interview with CBS.
Giuliani Is Among First Public Figures to Commemorate David Dinkins
       
“The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable,” said Ms. James, who shattered racial and gender barriers when she was elected to her current post in 2018. “For decades, Mayor Dinkins led with compassion and an unparalleled commitment to our communities,” Ms. James added. Ms. James nodded to that idea: “The voice that gave birth to the ‘gorgeous mosaic’ is now at rest,” she wrote. Mr. Dinkins, a barber’s son, became New York City’s first Black mayor in 1990. Mr. Giuliani beat him by sweeping the white ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island that were his political base.
Giuliani Is Among First Public Figures to Commemorate David Dinkins
       
“The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable,” said Ms. James, who shattered racial and gender barriers when she was elected to her current post in 2018. “For decades, Mayor Dinkins led with compassion and an unparalleled commitment to our communities,” Ms. James added. Ms. James nodded to that idea: “The voice that gave birth to the ‘gorgeous mosaic’ is now at rest,” she wrote. Mr. Dinkins, a barber’s son, became New York City’s first Black mayor in 1990. Mr. Giuliani beat him by sweeping the white ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island that were his political base.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
Making masks mandatory doesn’t just have public health benefits — it also boosts consumer spending, according to a new study from the University of Utah. Cellphone data also showed that people were more mobile after mask mandates went into place, suggesting that they were leaving their homes more and potentially spending more time at local businesses. Their findings also reinforced what countless other studies have determined: New coronavirus infections declined significantly once authorities began telling people to wear masks. While some state leaders — including, until recently, Utah’s governor — have chafed against mask mandates, the researchers point out that making people feel confident that they’ll be safe if they go shopping has a clear benefit to the economy. On the flip side, Utahns said they would be 13 percent less likely to go to a store if they knew only half the people there would be wearing masks.
Conservative Columnist Warns Of Donald Trump’s Chilling Legacy For The GOP
       
Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, in his latest op-ed Monday warned of what he fears will be President Donald Trump’s legacy for the GOP. Boot wrote of his hope that Trump’s “outrageous” bid to overturn the 2020 election would be “the last gasp of a pathetic presidency in its dying days” but also of his worry “it might represent only a middle chapter in the Republican Party’s transformation” into an authoritarian party. Boot, a vocal critic of Trump, noted how even before Trump’s arrival on the political stage, “Republicans had shown their willingness to use any means necessary to exercise power” — citing the 2000 election as just one example. And if Trump did run in 2024, Boot cautioned, then prominent Republicans “will do nothing to check his authoritarian impulses.” “Much of the GOP has already decided that achieving its policy preferences is more important than preserving America’s democracy,” he added. Read Boot’s full op-ed here.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
The nonprofit Ad Council announced Monday that it plans to spend $50 million on “one of the largest public education campaigns in history” — a push to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Survey results show that 86 percent of Americans believe a vaccine will be effective but only 34 percent say they definitely plan to get it, the Ad Council’s announcement noted. “Widespread adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine is our generation’s ‘moonshot’ and will represent one of the largest public health interventions in our nation’s history,” Lisa Sherman, the group’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. Public service announcements will begin blanketing the airwaves, print publications and social media early next year, and the Ad Council is working on testing out different messages to see what sticks. In addition to addressing misperceptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness, the organization intends run ads to reinforce the importance of mask-wearing even once a vaccine is being rolled out.
Erratic Play of Tom Brady, Buccaneers Becoming a Disturbing Trend in Crowded NFC
       
Mark LoMoglio/Associated PressEven after falling 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, Tom Brady and the 7-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain a contender in the untrustworthy NFC. But inconsistent play by Brady and his supporting cast—particularly in important spots—is becoming a significant concern. Brady and the Bucs have played four games against teams with seven or more wins. They're 1-3, with Brady throwing seven interceptions in the three losses. Tampa Bay hasn't scored more than 25 but fewer than 38 points in a game since Week 3.
NFL will require all players to wear masks on sidelines
       
SEE NEW POSTSNFL will require all players to wear masks on sidelines Players in the National Football League must wear masks on the sidelines unless they have their helmet on and are preparing to enter the game, the league said Monday as it unveiled an enhanced set of Covid-19 protocols. In a memo distributed to teams, the NFL also outlined increased safety regulations for play-callers and said post-game interactions between players and staff would be limited. All members of a team's traveling party must wear N95 or KN95 masks on team planes and buses, it said. State health officials reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing total confirmed cases to more than 56,000. There have been more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 in Colorado, with more than 2,400 deaths, according to state data.
David Dinkins, New York City's first Black mayor, dies at 93
       
NEW YORK — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African-American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has died. Dinkins died Monday, the New York City Police Department confirmed. De Blasio, who worked in Dinkins’ administration, named Manhattan’s Municipal Building after the former mayor in October 2015. In this April 10, 2014, file photo, former Mayor of New York David Dinkins speaks onstage at the PFLAG National Straight For Equality Awards at Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. That deal guaranteed that the U.S. Open would remain in New York City for decades.
Biden's Foreign Policy Picks Are From the Hawkish National Security Blob. That Is a Bad Sign.
       
There was no rea­son to think that a Biden admin­is­tra­tion would be to the left of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion when it comes to for­eign pol­i­cy. Google bil­lion­aire Eric Schmidt and For­tune 100 com­pa­nies went to them, too.”But oth­er, less­er-known Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion alum­ni deserve greater scruti­ny. As Guy­er points out, Jake Sul­li­van, set to be Biden’s Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advi­sor, went to work for Macro Advi­so­ry Part­ners in 2017. She served in the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion as Under Sec­re­tary of Defense for Pol­i­cy from 2009 to 2012 and then played a pow­er­ful role at CNAS. But we learned from the ear­li­est days of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion that it is sober assess­ment — rather than pro­jec­tion — that is called for in moments like this.
The Rights of Wild Rice
       
Manoomin (wild rice) now has legal rights. The Rights of Wild Rice reaf­firm the Anishi­naabe rela­tion­ship and respon­si­bil­i­ty to the plant, and the sacred land­scape of wild rice and tra­di­tion­al laws. Wild rice is also the only grain explic­it­ly list­ed in a treaty as a guarantee. Ulti­mate­ly, these actions threat­en the very exis­tence of wild rice. At the turn of this past cen­tu­ry, the Anishi­naabe suc­cess­ful­ly bat­tled against Uni­ver­si­ty pro­pos­als to genet­i­cal­ly engi­neer wild rice, argu­ing that not only did the treaties pro­vide for wild rice – not rice deliv­ered in a sack by the gov­ern­ment, as then Min­neso­ta Chippe­wa Trib­al Pres­i­dent Nor­man Descampe would argue – but also for wild rice har­vest­ed from lakes of the Anishi­naabe.
Refugees Detained in Melbourne’s Mantra Hotel Speak Out: “Our Lockdown Is Indefinite”
       
As of October 2020, 290 refugees are in offshore detention while 870 have been resettled in the United States. One thousand two hundred twenty-six refugees have been sent to Australia and are living in the community on final departure bridging visas. However, there is another group of refugees who have reached Australian soil and are being detained in a continuous, indefinite lockdown. The main two are the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne and the Kangaroo Point Hotel in Brisbane. In total, they have spent six years detained on Manus Island in PNG, and now over one year detained in Melbourne.
Another Biden Cabinet Job to Worry About—U.S. Trade Rep
       
Two leading contenders are currently Katherine Tai, the lead trade counsel on the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California. So the White House top staff job on trade becomes all the more important, as does deputy Treasury secretary and undersecretary/international. He could serve as deputy Treasury secretary, U.S. trade rep, or undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs. Mike Wessel or Thea Lee could handle one of these other top trade jobs as well. Will any of these progressives get any senior trade job, or will Biden listen to the usual suspects and revert to the trade orthodoxy?
Can’t pay, won’t pay: Building a debtor’s union in D.C.
       
Wes Vanderburgh, preferred pronouns he/they, is a new organizer with the Debt Collective after attending their Jubilee School in Summer 2020. Since joining the Debt Collective, however, I know that I am not alone in my experience nor my feelings. And what potential do you see for this organization in the struggle to cancel student debt (and subsequently all debt)? WV: I stumbled upon the Debt Collective by chance and also by necessity. No other organization is taking this on as its guiding vision, and for that reason, I see huge potential in the Debt Collective.
Yes, We Should Still Get Rid of the Electoral College
       
Interview by Chris MaisanoMillions of Americans went into Election Day 2020 consumed by fears of public disorder and political violence. In the end, the presidential election system performed much better in 2020 than many anticipated. None of this is to say that the American electoral system stands vindicated. Jacobin contributing editor Chris Maisano spoke with Harvard University historian Alexander Keyssar — author of the recently published book Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? — about the election results and the potential prospects for democratic electoral reform.
David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor, dies at 93
       
ADThe Harlem Democratic machine that propelled Mr. Dinkins through his earlier posts practiced deal making rather than confrontation. When Giuliani won by two percentage points in 1993, Mr. Dinkins accepted the loss with his usual calm. Anger escalated, crowds formed and hours later Black youths stabbed to death a Hasidic student, 29-year-old Yankel Rosenbaum. Mr. Dinkins later denounced the protest as “bordering on hooliganism.”By December, the City Council approved the review board. Giuliani, who unrelentingly painted Mr. Dinkins as a foe of the police, soon brought Mr. Dinkins’ political career to an end.
David Dinkins Doesn’t Think He Failed. He Might Be Right.
       
On a recent afternoon in his office at Columbia University, Mr. Dinkins sat surrounded by plaques and photographs celebrating highlights from his career, a world apart from the arrows that once filled his days. Across from his desk was a New York Newsday headline celebrating him as “Mayor Cool.”“I sit here sometimes and I look and I reminisce,” Mr. Dinkins said, nodding toward a photograph of him with Harry Belafonte, a friend. of my inauguration,” Mr. Dinkins said. All mayors face criticism for problems that linger after they leave office; Mr. Dinkins’s critics focus on problems that quickly abated. “The New York Times probably has an obit there for me now,” he said, raising a grievance he has aired before.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
The nonprofit Ad Council announced Monday that it plans to spend $50 million on “one of the largest public education campaigns in history” — a push to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Survey results show that 86 percent of Americans believe a vaccine will be effective but only 34 percent say they definitely plan to get it, the Ad Council’s announcement noted. “Widespread adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine is our generation’s ‘moonshot’ and will represent one of the largest public health interventions in our nation’s history,” Lisa Sherman, the group’s president and CEO, said in a statement. Public service announcements will begin blanketing the airwaves, print publications and social media early next year, and the Ad Council is currently working on testing out different messages to see what sticks. In addition to addressing misperceptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness, the organization also intends run ads to reinforce the importance of mask-wearing even once a vaccine is being rolled out.
New signs of life at CDC as corrupting influence of Trump wanes
       
Rachel Maddow notes that the CDC has issued a warning about travel by cruise ship just a few weeks after lifting a ban on cruises in U.S. waters, suggesting that perhaps with Donald Trump on the way out the CDC is beginning to get back to the business of issuing serious, medically sound guidance on the worsening coronavirus crisis.
Exiting Trump puts dubious characters in top roles at Pentagon, NSA
       
Rachel Maddow reports on some of the questionable staffing moves Donald Trump has made at the Pentagon and the NSA since losing the election.
David Dinkins, New York's first Black mayor, dies at 93
       
“Dave, Do Something!” screamed one New York Post headline in 1990, Dinkins’ first year in office. De Blasio, who worked in Dinkins’ administration, named Manhattan’s Municipal Building after the former mayor in October 2015. His administration had one early high note: Newly freed Nelson Mandela made New York City his first stop in the U.S. in 1990. There were 8,340 New Yorkers killed during the Dinkins administration — the bloodiest four-year stretch since the New York Police Department began keeping statistics in 1963. That deal guaranteed that the U.S. Open would remain in New York City for decades.
UK includes Huawei ban in telecoms security bill
       
The Telecoms Security Bill would allow the government to force operators to rip out equipment from "high-risk" telecom vendors when rolling out 5G networks, according to a statement by the U.K.'s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. U.K. authorities have previously designated Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE as "high-risk." Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the bill "will give the U.K. one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the world and allow us to take the action necessary to protect our networks." The draft law implements an earlier decision by the U.K. government to ban purchases of Huawei's 5G equipment. The law aims to beef up requirements for everything from equipment to software that runs internet traffic and traditional telecoms data over 5G networks.
Trump dismantles decades-old surveillance treaty irreparably on his way out the door
       
Rachel Maddow describes how Donald Trump in his lame duck period has not only abruptly removed the U.S from the decades old Open Skies Treaty that supplies the U.S. and its allies with surveillance data on Russian military activities, but has taken steps to dispose of the program's specialized planes and removed the option of replacing them.
'Racist dog whistle' underpins Trump attack on election results: Ifill
       
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, explains why the tactics Donald Trump is using to challenge the outcome of the election are more than a means to an end: They encourage a racist narrative for which he should be held to account.
David N. Dinkins, New York’s First Black Mayor, Dies at 93
       
The mayor himself was paradoxical: punctilious and demanding of subordinates, yet reluctant to make decisions until he absolutely had to. The mayor found himself under pressure to respond, but said he was waiting for Commissioner Brown’s report on overhauling his department. Finally, in October, a shaken Mr. Dinkins offered a barrage of anti-crime proposals, including a record expansion of the police and a plan to return officers to neighborhood beats. A Black crowd defended her, and the confrontation widened into a boycott that went on for months, with protests, rallies and threats. But the mayor, who had gone on television to appeal for racial tolerance, fared badly, so reluctant to offend either side that he had alienated both.
Coronavirus live updates: More than 85,700 covid-19 patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records
       
The United Food & Commercial Workers Union, which represents 900,000 grocery employees at chains such as Kroger, Safeway and Giant, on Monday urged retailers to do more to protect workers from the virus that has sickened more than 12.3 million Americans. Separately, workers’ rights group United for Respect called on such employers as Walmart, Amazon and Petco to pay an extra $5 an hour for the duration of the pandemic. Although many grocery and retail chains offered extra pay — typically an additional $2 an hour — early in the pandemic, most have since done away with the premium.
Carolyn Hax: His fiancee can’t have kids, which is a dealbreaker for him
       
I want to have my own kids, in the usual way. I guess that sounds selfish but it's how I feel, and I can't change it. Some people would be furious at a breakup right now, and others would be furious if you postponed it. I type it here all the time, that couples who disagree over kids have to sacrifice either their family preference or their relationship. Kids, number of kids, health of kids, survival of kids — all YMMV.
Ask Amy: Widower’s new woman plays out old story
       
She has made each of us feel so distant — and unwelcome — in our home and with our family. ADAt this point, all four of us are beginning to feel estranged from our father. We've tried speaking with him and with her, but it always ends in vicious fights and with our father taking her side. Furthermore, his partner can look to your panicked behavior and accuse you and your sisters of being controlling and manipulative. You do not have the right to potentially endanger someone else because you are too foolish to wear a mask.
Miss Manners: Responding to an insincere ‘Marry me!’
       
ADADYou are bound to hit at least one that each of the wives wishes her husband would do or has always done herself. Dear Miss Manners: A friend of ours did us a small kindness. ADDear Miss Manners: Reading the 1903 wedding announcement of an antecedent, I wondered about this statement: "Cards have not been sent." New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Analysis: Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham start to adjust to the reality of a Biden presidency
       
The General Services Administration's statement followed a day full of announcements about key Biden appointments. Some key hosts on Fox News bowed to the reality that's been obvious for two weeks and took the transition news seriously. Indeed, voters who want to believe that Trump won the election can still find plenty of that content across TV and the internet. Ingraham went on to say that Trump has every right to pursue "all legitimate legal challenges to this outcome." "If you are a Trump voter and you suspect this election was stolen, was rigged, you are onto something," he said.
Third person shoved onto New York City subway tracks within a week
       
Authorities in New York City were searching Monday for a suspect who allegedly pushed a man onto subway tracks in what police say is the third such assault in a week. After the subway stopped and the pair left the car, the suspect allegedly pushed the 29-year-old man onto the tracks below, Riley said. In the first incident, a suspect allegedly pushed a UPS worker onto the tracks after he refused to give the man money. In the second, a homeless man allegedly shoved a woman onto tracks moments before a train approached. The transit system is for people who are using it to travel," New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg said.
Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church cancels world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage
       
SEE NEW POSTSMexico’s Roman Catholic Church cancels world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation Monday of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State health officials reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing total confirmed cases to more than 56,000. Monday night Loeffler "received her second consecutive negative PCR test result," campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement. There have been more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 in Colorado, with more than 2,400 deaths, according to state data. Maxwell was charged with six counts for acts committed between 1994 and 1997 and then allegedly lying to investigators in 2016.
Biden's national security picks are a 'return to normalcy'
       
Jeremy Bash, MSNBC National Security Analyst, reacts to Joe Biden's picks to lead America's Foreign Policy and National Security -- a mix of seasoned professionals, many who worked during the Obama-Biden administration.
Michigan certifies election for Joe Biden, putting another nail in Trump campaign coffin
       
The Trump campaign legal team was handed two losses in Pennsylvania election challenges. And with Michigan’s board of electors certifying the results for Joe Biden, Neal Katyal tells Lawrence O’Donnell, “It’s over. Trump has lost far too much in far too many states.”
Julián Castro: Alejandro Mayorkas will lead DHS with ‘common sense and compassion’
       
Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, tells Lawrence O’Donnell President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are “living up to their promise to appoint a cabinet that looks like America.” That includes the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, someone Castro says “has the experience, the know-how, but also has lived an immigrant’s American dream story.”
Trump tried to bend an election to his will. He failed.
       
Will his legal team and the bully pulpit of the presidency, Trump tried to overturn the will of the people. As the Biden transition officially begins with GSA approval, it's clear Trump failed. Susan Page reacts.
'Wounded' Trump caves on Biden transition as allies abandon him
       
Philip Rucker of The Washington Post reports that Trump fought the GSA allowing Biden's transition to proceed and is still grasping at legal straws instead of conceding to Joe Biden.
Trump allows Biden transition to proceed, but won't concede
       
The Trump administration's GSA has finally approved the Biden transition after a 16-day delay, but the president still says he will fight on refusing to concede to Pres.-elect Biden.
To Protect Wild Steelhead, Salmon, Orcas, Environmental Groups Appeal Approval of Puget Sound Commercial Net Pen Aquaculture To Washington’s Supreme Court
       
WASHINGTON - Cooke Aquaculture, the company responsible for the 2017 release of over 250,000 nonnative Atlantic salmon into Washington’s Puget Sound, will face a new challenge to their proposal to raise domesticated steelhead in their Puget Sound net pens. In May 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a new Endangered Species Act (ESA) determination finding that Puget Sound net pens “are likely to adversely affect” ESA-listed salmon, steelhead, and rockfish in Puget Sound. In trial, WDFW argued there was no agency record of environmental harm in Puget Sound posed by commercial marine finfish aquaculture. Additional Quotes:“Net-pen farming in Puget Sound promotes private profit over public resource preservation,” said Amy van Saun, senior attorney at Center for Food Safety. "We will appeal the flawed decision that allows Cooke’s floating factory farms to persist in Puget Sound, further destroying water quality and our endangered salmon and orcas.”###
Greenpeace Response To John Kerry’s Appointment as Special Presidential Envoy on Climate
       
WASHINGTON - In response to John Kerry’s appointment as Special Presidential Envoy on Climate, Greenpeace Climate Campaign Director Janet Redman says:“With little more than a decade left to prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis, Joe Biden has taken a good first step by appointing John Kerry, who has years of experience in climate diplomacy, as the Special Presidential Envoy on Climate. The appointment is a positive sign for Biden’s intention to integrate climate leadership into every facet of the administration. “In addition to the Kerry appointment, Biden must empower a climate council to act on the substantive changes we need to survive. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels -- a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. Right now, John Kerry has an unprecedented chance to lay the groundwork.”###
Biden’s Appointment of John Kerry as Climate Czar Is Alarming Red Flag
       
WASHINGTON - News reports indicate that President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry to be his special presidential enjoy for climate, or “climate czar.” In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:“Having held cautious optimism that President-elect Joe Biden could be persuaded to take a bold, determined approach to tacking the climate crisis from day one, we are suddenly alarmed by his choice of John Kerry for climate czar. Kerry has been a long-time apologist for fossil fuel fracking, and a reliable promoter of false climate solutions like market-based carbon-trading schemes. Kerry’s proposals are tired ideas from years past that will do little or nothing to address our climate crisis, and will actually continue to place a disproportionate, unjust burden on vulnerable communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and climate impacts for decades now. SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. “Biden’s appointment of John Kerry is a clear indication that he is not yet prepared or motivated to adequately address the climate crisis with the seriousness it requires.
Trump to Ease Sage Grouse Protections on Western Lands
       
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press recently reported President Trump’s plans to roll back essential protections for sage grouse. The plans are set to ease drilling and mining rules in greater sage grouse habitat and across several states of pristine public lands. Following Trump’s lame duck attack on public lands, Western Values Project director Jayson O’Neill issued the following statement:“Anti-public lands members of Congress seem to only be worried about pushing through harmful legislation during the lame duck session, instead of battling the pandemic. Through these eleventh hour moves, Trump continues to solidify his legacy as the worst public lands and environmental administration in history. Healthy sage grouse habitat contributes over one billion dollars in economic activity from outdoor recreation in rural areas.
General Motors Commits To All-Electric Car Future
       
WASHINGTON - General Motors announced Monday that it plans to immediately withdraw from litigation supporting the Trump administration’s effort to block states from setting their own tough tailpipe emissions standards. In addition to encouraging other auto manufacturers to take similar action, GM outlined its intent to accelerate the consumer adoption of electric cars. GM announced last week that it will launch 30 new electric car models by 2025 and spend $27 billion dollars on electric and autonomous vehicles. We cannot address climate change without phasing out gas-powered cars, and GM embracing the promise of electric cars goes in the right direction. "This is a victory for Americans from every corner of the country who all deserve cleaner cars and clean air.
U.S. Set To Retake Global Leadership on Climate With Choice of John Kerry as Biden’s “Climate Czar”
       
Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry the “climate czar” for the incoming administration. As the special presidential envoy for climate, Kerry will lead the administration’s efforts on global warming from a seat on the National Security Council. We look forward to working with Secretary Kerry to make up for lost time and moving forward bold and impactful climate action,” said Casale. “John Kerry is a long-time climate champion who deeply understands the climate crisis and the myriad of solutions that we can implement right now. He also understands so well how our country is governed, and he is a brilliant choice to lead climate progress in the new Biden administration.
350.Org on Biden Appointing John Kerry as International Climate Envoy
       
For Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, his team has selected John Kerry. The former Secretary of State represented the US at global climate negotiations, and under Pres. Obama, signed onto the Paris Climate Accord in 2015. Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org North America Director, said:“The appointment of John Kerry as a full-time International Climate Envoy aligns with the Biden-Harris team’s orientation to climate policy, and is a signal of commitment to collaborative action. This summer, John Kerry represented the Biden campaign in a unity council bringing together climate progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sunrise Executive Director Varshini Prakash with more centrist voices around a shared climate platform.
General Motors Withdraws Support for Trump Administration’s Clean Cars Rollback
       
WASHINGTON - Today, following Donald Trump’s defeat three weeks ago, General Motors withdrew its support for the Trump administration's attack on California's clean car standards after a year of pressure from environmental, clean air, consumer and faith advocates. Most recently, more than a quarter of a million Americans -- including tens of thousands of Sierra Club supporters -- told the CEOs of major automakers General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat-Chrysler to abandon their support for the Trump administration’s rollback of national and state clean car standards, which will cost Americans $300 billion at the pump, increase climate pollution, and harm lung health. We applaud the hundreds of thousands of activists across the country whose tireless efforts to pressure polluting automakers led to General Motors’ announcement. The work of these activists will protect the health, safety, and pocketbooks of American families and ensure that communities across the nation can breathe cleaner air. The clean car standards protect the environment and the public health of more than 118 million people, upwards of 40 percent of the U.S. population.
Sharing the Landscape: Gator and Gunner Come To An Agreement, More or Less
       
Wilbanks was walking his 3-month-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel Gunner when the gator “came out of the water like a missile." Wilbank battles to pry the jaws open; eventually, Gunner drops out and scurries off as Wilbank then manages to extract his own hands. "I just went right in the water after the gator and Gunner." His wife likewise urged others to appreciate the natural bounty around them, but not too close. Gunner and his human.
High Drug Prices Could Result in Premature Deaths of More Than 1.1 Million Seniors in Next Decade: Analysis
       
"High prescription drug prices cost lives. Unless drug prices are reduced, the analysis estimated that 112,000 seniors per year could succumb to early death as a result of not being able to afford their medications. High prescription drug prices cost lives. https://t.co/N4NLvga0af — David Mitchell (@DavidP4AD) November 20, 2020Prescription drug prices have been soaring, with list prices having increased by 159% from 2007 to 2018. Sean Dickson, director of health policy at West Health Policy Center and chair of CIDSA, said that "the costs of doing nothing about high drug prices are too high."
"Time to Cut Dirty Energy's Lifeline": Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry Feasted on Covid-19 Relief Programs
       
—Alan Zibel, Public CitizenThe report by BailoutWatch, Public Citizen, and Friends of the Earth—entitled Bailed Out and Propped Up—tracks taxpayer funds flowing to fossil fuel companies since pandemic-related bailouts began. $582 million in direct, subsidized loans were approved for 37 mid-sized fossil fuel and related companies through the Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program. Reassured by the Fed's actions, private investors purchased more fossil fuel bonds, generating some $100 billion in additional indirect benefits. BREAKING: The fossil fuel industry has received up to $15,000,000,000 in direct COVID relief since bailout programs began. One economist says that instead of selling fossil fuel bonds, governments should be promoting "Green Climate Bonds."
#FeminismNotMilitarism: Peace Groups Blast Biden's DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance
       
Haines, as former deputy national security adviser and former deputy CIA director, worked closely with Obama and former CIA Director John Brennan as the administration dramatically increased drone strikes. "Appointing a woman to be the director of national intelligence DOES NOT justify, atone or excuse the US intelligence community's murderous drone strikes and violent counterterrorism strategies." After the administration ended, Haines supported Gina Haspel for CIA director, someone directly implicated in CIA torture, a decision that remains raw amongst progressive activists. https://t.co/CRljY2EIp4 — Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) November 23, 2020Congratulations to Avril Haines on her nomination for Director of National Intelligence! https://t.co/isar8KXgg4 pic.twitter.com/NJcJzDGz4j — Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 23, 2020Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence is not good.
From 'Alarming Red Flag' to 'Something We Can Work With,' Campaigners Respond to Kerry as Biden Climate Envoy
       
The post, which will not require Senate confirmation, is within the National Security Council and is being referred to as "climate czar." ), who in 2013 won Kerry's Senate seat, praised the nomination, saying that Kerry "understands that the climate crisis is the greatest national security threat of our time. I know that he will lead with courage and be a tremendous partner to the climate movement in the Biden administration." An encouraging move from the Biden team - now I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a domestic equivalent! Ambassador to the United Nations; and Jake Sullivan for National Security Advisor.
'The People of Michigan Have Spoken': Trump Defeat More Official Than Ever After Board Certifies Election Results
       
According to the Detroit Free Press:The vote is the latest in a series of procedural steps needed to finalize election results and cast the state's 16 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. However, Trump and supporters have argued, without evidence and relying on conspiracy theories, that Michigan's election results were stolen or are otherwise fraudulent. Governor Whitmer’s Statement on State Board of Canvassers Vote to Certify 2020 Election Results: pic.twitter.com/h15YcdUGWt — Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) November 23, 2020Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, called the vote "a victory for the people of Michigan and our democracy." Earlier: WATCH LIVE: Michigan Board of State Canvassers Meets for Election CertificationSCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. We have a duty to certify this election based on the returns," Van Langevelde said.
JOHN KIRIAKOU: Biden & Hope for Whistleblowers
       
By John KiriakouSpecial to Consortium NewsI’ve received a great many phone calls from whistleblowers and would-be whistleblowers since Joe Biden was elected president asking what I think his attitude toward whistleblowers will be once he takes office. Will the Biden administration be Obama II, using the Espionage Act to silence national security whistleblowers? Darin Jones is an FBI whistleblower and former supervisory contract specialist who in 2012 reported evidence of serious procurement improprieties. There’s now a hook, however, for a Biden Justice Department to do the right thing for Darin Jones and, by extension, for all federal whistleblowers. Biden can start by making Darin Jones the example.
CNN Follows CN by 8 Days on Russiagate Payback Story
       
A week after CN, Cable News Network reported that Donald Trump knows he lost but is holding out to get back at the Democrats for undermining his legitimacy with Russiagate. After the Democrats played the fabulist Russiagate card to undermine Trump’s legitimacy, they should not be surprised by Republican efforts to undermine Biden’s. I predicted three days before the 2016 election that if Clinton should lose, she would leverage blame against Russia to try to overturn the election. And that is exactly what she and the Democrats did (and for which Trump is now paying them back for.) Of course none of this appears on CNN, which long ago gave up the central tenet of political journalism: impartiality.
Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite’s War on Truth
       
Would the Democrats and pundits at The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC pay homage to a fair electoral process? I first assumed this job posting from The New York Times for a Moscow correspondent was a parody posted by The Onion. It speaks volumes about the self-immolation of The New York Times and the press. I was a foreign correspondent for 20 years, 15 of them with The New York Times. Journalists who do not spew the approved narrative of the right-wing, or, alternatively, the approved narrative of the Democratic Party, have a credibility the ruling elite fears.
A Guide For High School Students On How To Avoid Propaganda ? Current Affairs
       
Person 1: I don’t know about Fauci, he said we didn’t need to worry about the virus to begin with. A podcaster dubbed “the cool kids’ philosopher” by the respectable New York Times will turn out to be dishonest and ignorant. The respectable New York Times itself will publish totally misleading propaganda and treat undemocratic autocrats as the saviors of democracy. It’s very important, then, that high school students learn how to think critically and demolish bad talking points. (DoorDash gave restaurants millions of “Yes on Prop 22” bags and Uber deluged California drivers with pro-Prop 22 messages.)
Michigan State Board of Canvassers -- Live meeting on certifying the election
       
The Michigan State Board of Canvassers is considering certification of the November 3 election right now (started 1 pm). A motion was made and seconded to certify, but they are now taking testimony, starting with former Director of Elections Chris Thomas, who was contracted by the City of Detroit to help them run this election.
Where Actions Speak Louder Than Words
       
This is a lesson Donald J. Trump never learned. He would rather destroy the country we love than admit to the truth. Selfish, self-centered, egotistical, one could even say delusional. I actually pity such a human being so out of touch with reality.
Moondai Furkids: Catching Falling Stars
       
After another post-election comedie clusterfluster clown show, the Moondai Furkids team decided it was definitely time for another one of their hippy hoppity happy songs. They seem to have a bottomless bag of these simple melodies with happy lyrics, and this week they reached back to the middle of last century for a classic in the genre, sung by Perry Como.
FINALLY! 100 Republican National Security Experts: Trump’s Refusal To Concede Poses ‘Serious Threat’
       
Excerpt of original letter:Statement by Former National Security OfficialsWe are former senior national security officials who served in Republican administrations under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump or as Republican Members of Congress.We believe that President Trump’s refusal to concede the election and allow for an orderly transition constitutes a serious threat to America’s democratic process and to our national security. We therefore call on Republican leaders – especially those in Congress – to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election. It has been clear for over two weeks that Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, garnering 306 electoral votes, far more than the 270 electoral votes required to be elected. President Trump’s continued efforts to cast doubt on the validity of the election and to interfere in state electoral processes undermine our democracy and risk long-term damage to our institutions.
How long can a republic actually last?
       
But the founders knew better because they studied the ancient guys who invented the shit in the first place. Madison had Jefferson send him Roman and Greek writings from Paris for homework before the Constitutional Convention that birthed these United States we are today. But wait, Madison is a fucking boss and read them in Latin and Greek to get the authors real feels. So they weren’t your typical “shoot from the hip” assholes from history we usually read about. Over 240 years of national growth being put to the test by a loser reality tv star?
No shirt, No shoes, No service!
       
I walked in, flipped a package of gum on the counter, and tacked to the wall behind the cashier’s head was another sign that read, No shirt, No shoes, No service! If you show up barefoot and wounded at the door of a hospital, a sign reading, no shoes, no service will not greet you. Covid-19 has shown the necessity for a strong private sector to supplement the government, not the other-way-round as Republicans would have you believe. Talking about Covid, Covid, Covid would hurt the “best” economy of all time he boasted. Therein lies the problem with having a government replaced by the private sector, life would mean less than money.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Monday, November 23 2020
       
Donald Trump isn’t quite gone, but little by little, he is going. No, you do not have to feel the Trump voter's pain. Mitch McConnell isn’t going to see it Joe Biden’s way. Republican senators hate Donald Trump, but dislike a functioning process even more. Would prosecuting Donald Trump restore the rule of law?
Trump worrying Giuliani "making him look bad"
       
On CNBC here, Donnie Deathcount is finally realizing what happens when no competent attorneys will take your cases any more:Trump is worried that his campaign’s legal team, which is being led by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is comprised of “fools that are making him look bad,” NBC News reported Monday. But when asked why Trump doesn’t fire the former New York City mayor Giuliani and other attorneys who remain on the team, a person familiar with the president’s thinking gave a profane, shoulder shrug of an answer. American democracy and the presidency at its best. Trump hires the worst and gives them free rein to attempt to destroy American democracy and the worries they will make him look bad. Trump spokescritters had no immediate response to NBC
GA-Sen A & B: President Obama Keeps Up Momentum To Give President-Elect Biden A Senate Majority
       
Wanted to share this Tweet with you all:x The balance of power in the Senate is at stake in Georgia’s runoff election. The Washington Post points out that the grassroots organizations that helped Biden win are determined to help Ossoff and Warnock win their runoffs:For Deborah Scott, executive director of Georgia Stand-Up, it's as if Election Day never ended. Another group that works to mobilize voters of color set up tables at a recent high school graduation to register newly eligible young voters. Click below to donate and get involved with Ossoff, Warnock and these Georgia groups efforts:Jon OssoffRaphael WarnockClick here to help sign up new voters in Georgia. Georgia Democratic PartyGeorgia House DemocratsFair FightGeorgia Blue ProjectOur American Dreams PACGeorgia Stand-UpNew Georgia ProjectGaleoWoke VoteAmplify ActionMijente PACGeorgia Latino Alliance for Human RightsBlack Voters Matter
Every worst instinct in mankind has been played on"
       
It soon becomes apparent that both these concerns hugely underestimate Fox. Here’s a typical exchange: at the time of our interview, the US election is still three weeks away, so we talk about that. “Every worst instinct in mankind has been played on [by Trump], and for me that’s just anathema. Biff is president!” he says, with justified exasperation, given that Back To The Future’s evil bully Biff Tannen was modelled on Trump. I ask how he felt during the 2016 campaign when Trump mocked the New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a disability.
Trump's 'MIRACLE' Coronavirus Vaccine is Another Lame Attempt to Exalt Himself
       
Trump's debilitating madness has kept him out of the public eye for three weeks now as he nurses his humiliation and self-pity. A vaccine miracle courtesy of ?@realDonaldTrump and Operation Warp Speed?! Which is what the Trumps are now touting as a miracle that no one could have foreseen. Trump's reality TV-style sloganeering with his "Operation Warp Speed" was as phony as Mexico paying for his fake border wall. However, Trump's negligent ignorance of the coronavirus pandemic is the most troubling aspect of his behavior in these final days.
Just How Politically Motivated is the COVID virus?
       
here’s Lonnie’s article:Just how politically motivated is the COVID Virus?? To do a numerical analysis we need to frame a question, my first question is “Does the COVID virus affect democrats differently than republicans? My colleague was right about the virus being politically motivated, but he was just wrong relative to who it was attacking. My conclusion is that some governors are doing a better job of protecting their people and those governors are predominantly the democratic governors. Overall conclusions:The COVID virus does not have an axe to grind with republicans but… Statess with republican governors do a lesser job in reducing COVID infection rates and Trump has a profound effect on making COVID transmissions worse.
No Thanksgiving For Me This Week! What Are Your Plans? (With Poll)
       
And as a suggested topic, today lets talk our plans for Thanksgiving. I’m not doing anything Thanksgiving related. How are you doing today? Please limit community links to one per user because we want to encourage greater diversity of submissions of community links from different users. Please only post community links in community links comment provided.
Biden Names Climate Statesman John Kerry as Climate Envoy
       
John Kerry, one of the leading architects of the Paris climate agreement, is getting one more chance to lead the fight against climate change after President-elect Joe Biden named the longtime senator and former secretary of state as climate envoy for national security.
Loser in Any Language is Still a Loser, a Failure, a Flunkee; Plus Parler, Perfect Place for Putzes
       
The losers are losers list: The Kraken has released Sidney Powell … and she is not even sad to be released from the “Elite Strike Farce team” back to her Q-Quislings. I was not the first one to coin that, sadly, but happily found this to compensate... Interjecting in this orange oompa loompa looza palooza fest to remind that the “Elite Strike Farce team” is 2 to 34… OOPS! x x YouTube Video Via The Protest Films… The loser… x x YouTube Video I have nothing to do with this company but liked their use of a silhouetta of a loser.. VIA The Protest FilmsAnd finally, all you need do is to highlight loser.com and click to open the link… to find out that the best thing about 2020 has happened.
Calls grow to fire Chuck Todd grow, please add your voice!
       
Chuck Todd really stepped in it on Sunday and with any luck it will be the last straw. As a VERY loyal viewer and a proud citizen of the United States, I feel obliged to make a complaint about Chuck Todd. In general, I dislike his acceptance of baseless and/or false talking points provided by his guests without pushback. But his performance on Sunday's MTP was particularly detrimental to our nation and democracy as a whole. Chuck Todd needs to be removed from MTP, he is disgracing the memory of good journalists like Tim Russert.
Michael Nigro: COVID-19 long hauler state talks deniers & more.
       
Film director & journalist Michael Nigro, a long hauler talks about COVID-19 deniers and how do we move them to the real world. Michael Nigro, a long hauler speaksPolitics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091Topics:Texas Lieutenant Governor stiffs Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor of 2 million dollars for unexpected voter fraud found. Michael Nigro talks about his COVID-19 long hauler state and irresponsible deniers. Podcasts: Stitcher | iTunes, Tune-In | iHeartRadio | Player.fm | SpotifyLive Video: Facebook Live | Youtube Live | Periscope | TwitchPlease get my new book "It's Worth It: How to Talk To Your Right-Wing Relatives, Friends, and Neighbors" today knowing you (1) Get communication techniques & (2) Support Progressive message delivery. Please join our YouTube channel to get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
Big Surprise, GSA Games US House of Representatives
       
This obvious stall brought forth another letter today from the House committee Chairwomen offering to host the briefing tomorrow, asking for their response by 5PM today. The text of that letter is here (pdf) oversight.house.gov/…In the spirit of accommodation, we are willing to host this briefing tomorrow at a time that is convenient for you. We are currently reserving 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., and we can also work with you to accommodate another time tomorrow. ________________________________________Update — Emily Murphy caves:Late this afternoon GSA Administrator Emily Murphy broke out her flowery pen and accepted the obvious, our very own Sleepy Joe Biden kicked Donald Trump’s ass in the 2020 Presidential Election! cdn.cnn.com/...Full Text (pdf)And the full Memorandum of Understanding between GSA and Joseph R. Biden, Jr here: www.gsa.gov/...***************************************************
Michigan Certifies
       
The Michigan State Board of Canvassers voted Monday to certify the state's election results, formally granting President-elect Joe Biden the state's 16 electoral votes . The certification all but erases President Donald Trump's pathway to try to overturn the election results through legal challenges that have been dismissed in key states.
Open Letter from DNC Delegates to Joe Biden: Hire New Foreign Policy Advisors
       
Please, please, please. We do not want Antony Blinken, Avril Haines, Michelle Flournoy, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and others of the ilk. Read this for more. docs.google.com/...
Sorry, Football fans: You have to root for the Falcons now
       
Yes, you are a Falcons fan nowSorry, Football fans: You have to root for the Falcons now. Fulton County voters will once again have the opportunity to cast their ballot in world-class sports venues for the January 5 Runoff Election. So, get ready for YOUR Atlanta Falcons (3-7) hosting the Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) this Sunday at 1PM, live on CBS. Having a great early voting venue is not everything, we still need to get the voters there. If you can, please chip in for the Democratic County Committees in the Atlanta metro area that are doing the hard work on the ground.
What are they afraid of?
       
By historic standards Biden's +4% win was a big one with the second-biggest popular vote margin in this century. His electoral vote count of 306 to 232 ties Trump's supposed EV "landslide" (per DJT in 2016) but control of the Senate is now a long shot and the Pelosi's control of the House is somewhat marginal. They look like cowards by failing to declare Biden won and Trump lost! Why are they still afraid of him? Prediction: BLOATUS will not concede but will simply declare that he intends to run in 2024 sometime in early December.
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?
       
As it turned out, he proved the easiest president imaginable for the officials of the national security state to bulldoze, bully, or sneak around. Just consider a few other abridged resumes:• Tony Blinken, frontrunner for national security adviser: CSIS; WestExec (which he co-founded with Flournoy); and CNN analyst. Should he indeed stock his national security team with such a conflicts-of-interest-ridden crowd, consider America’s sacred cows of foreign policy all but saved. Don’t misunderstand me: a Biden presidency will certainly leave some maneuvering room at the margins of national security strategy. Global Power and John Dower's The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II.
Some advice from the Villages, FL
       
From the reddest part of FloridaSaw this Letter in the Village News newspaper in Florida. To the Editor:50 ways to leave the White House(apologies to Paul Simon)“The problem is all inside your head.”They explained to the Prez. There must be 50 ways to leave the White House! It’s really not our habit to intrude; but,we hope the results won’t be lost or misconstrued. There must be 50 ways to leave the White House!
Homage to Martin Niemoller
       
First he came for the truthShouts of “birtherism”And his numbers swelledWell, how did you respond? Then he came for the LatinosCaravans, “rapists”, and “criminals”“build that wall”His numbers sprawlHow did you respond, if at all? Then he came for the pressChanging rules and who has accessA “True enemy of the people”,His followers decry the “sheeple”,A light, his gasses. Then he came for the protestsWithout evidence,Claims of radical left elements,“Thugs”, “Antifa”,and weak Democratic mayors. Then he came for you and me,And some are too oblivious to seeBut who will speak when all that is left,Is his a-democratic machine.
Editorial Cartoons and Artwork
       
From Hillary Clinton's tweetHere are some of the best editorial cartoons from last week, many focusing on the ongoing saga of trump the loser, Biden the President-elect, Thanksgiving and the raging COVID-19 Pandemic. x Am 4.2.2017 veröffentlichte Der SPIEGEL ein weitweit beachtetes Titelcover, auf dem Donald Trump "Lady Liberty" den Kopf abtrennt. Heute, am 7.11.2020, nehmen wir Bezug auf dieses Cover - mit dem neuen Titelbild auf unserer Ausgabe ... #46. // (c) @edelstudio #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/jHcRtsXoqm — DER SPIEGEL (@derspiegel) November 7, 2020We still have work to do; let’s rise to the moment, resist and persist. Let’s not forget to support the cartoonists and their work by visiting their web and twitter sites.
Some of Biden's nominees are out: Yellen for Sec of T, Mayorkas as Homeland Sec, Kerry 4 Climate
       
He went on to serve as my National Security Advisor when I was Vice President and as Deputy Secretary of State under President Obama. Climate change is finally being treated by a cabinet level leader, former Secretary of State John Kerry. As President Obama’s second secretary of state and as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, he brings credibility and name recognition. Now, I’ve asked him to return to government to get America back on track to address one of the most urgent national security threats we face—the climate crisis. This role is the first of its kind: the first cabinet-level climate position, and the first time climate change has had a seat at the table on the National Security Council.
Biden's Cabinet Filling Out with Known Names
       
As I’m sure many of you have, I just received an email from Biden to announce his Cabinet choices so far. He went on to serve as my National Security Advisor when I was Vice President and as Deputy Secretary of State under President Obama, continuing a life-long dedication to public service. Under her leadership, our intelligence community will be supported, trusted, and empowered to protect our national security, without being undermined or politicized. Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor“Jake was my National Security Advisor during my Vice Presidency, and a top advisor on domestic and foreign policy throughout my campaign, including on our strategy for controlling the pandemic. Again from Biden: “This team will be ready to take on our nation’s greatest challenges on day one, which is important because there is no time to waste when it comes to our national security.
Send the Money On Joe!
       
If it’s true that the transition money is on it’s way, Joe, how about you send what you have raised for the transition down to Georgia where it is needed most now. Just an Idea
Emily Murphy Relents
       
xI want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good...
Why Many People Find Trump Despicable
       
Trump and His FlockWhy Many People Find Trump DespicableLast week several news agencies reported on Trump's desire to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Couple those things with his co-opting the Republican congress, mandating that all Trump administration personnel not acknowledge the new administration. God does not send evil, and Trump is evil , though God may tolerate it for a season. If a person isn’t afraid to die or doesn’t worship money, a person like Trump has no control over that person. Donald Trump is not the kind of person who will confront someone face-to-face.
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving? A Colorado State Open Thread, 11
       
I was going to use a Republican (likely Trump) whose goose is cooked, but then I remembered these are all around usThe Colorado State Open Thread is for people interested in all things Colorado. We’re open to all, there is no need to have even heard of the state of wonderfulness that is Colorado, but it probably helps. We are not going to be killing one of these for our Thanksgiving feast. One year, I went with some co-workers in New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. One year, my girlfriend invited her whole extended family and their significant others to our house for Thanksgiving.
It appears 43% of the country is not reachable to vote for ANYONE who thinks republicans are wrong.
       
www.realclearpolitics.com/…projects.fivethirtyeight.com/…civiqs.com/…civiqs.com/…projects.fivethirtyeight.com/…It would seem that between 43-45% hate all the damages Trump did but could not bring themselves to vote 3rd party nor even vote for Obama/Biden/Harris. They want an alternative anti corrupt conservative/libertarian candidate that is not socialism. They hate both parties equally. Between 52-53% are open to voting for “anything seen as disagreeing with conservatives as though they are wrong and corrupt.”
This Thanksgiving, let's thank Jesus for the food. And Gabriela, and Oralia, and César, and Cesila..
       
Unseen except when dismissed as “unskilled,” exploited with starvation wages and deadly workspaces, "illegal" one year and "essential" the next, they feed us every single day. As the United Farm Workers tell us: We can’t do Thanksgiving without farm workers. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2020Message from the UFW:Over the past few months, many farm workers have also suffered through record-setting heat waves – along with historic wildfires and the resulting smoky, ash-filled air. The UFW has distributed -- to union and non-union farm workers alike -- emergency food, COVID-19 masks and sanitizer, plus 50,000 special N-95 equivalent face masks to protect farm workers when working in the smoky air. At the same time, we're stepping up our fight for social justice to achieve respectful workplaces … fair wages … affordable health care … and life-changing union contracts.
My Leftism as a follower of Christ
       
Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ. I am not upholding, however, any church, or political platform, in my faith, just the sense I have of who Jesus really is. My Left wing political side is very Kamala Harris. Could be better 14 votes Vote Now! Could be better 14 votes
PRESIDENT ELECT JOE BIDEN--Day16--Evening Shade-Monday
       
xBiden: "We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy. I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America's seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face ... This is the crux of that team."
Kitchen Table Kibitzing ~ 11.23.20 ~ cooking with gas
       
That’s a job where you provide snacks and drinks on video shoots (or films), for the crews working the shoot. Craft ServicesI mean, caterers provided lunch and dinner, why did these people need snacks all day? Cooking with gas“Cooking with gas” means performing a difficult task with maximum efficiency and capability. There is a hint in the expression that an obstacle had to be overcome in order to achieve a state of “cooking with gas.” You're cooking with gas comes from an old advertisement for gas stoves. The phrase suggests that gas is faster, easier, cleaner, better than cooking with wood.
The Biden-Harris Administration signals it's Serious about Attacking Climate Change
       
"This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect's commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue," the Biden transition team said in a statement. And the reason is simple: The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. [...]Department of Defense -- 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmapfrom www.adaptationclearinghouse.orgThe responsibility of the Department of Defense is the security of our country. Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change. [...] We must also work with other nations to share tools for assessing and managing climate change impacts, and help build their capacity to respond.
LOTN 'Occult & Psychical Sciences': The Book-and Walter Gibson ?
       
[4] Gibson wrote the comic books and radio drama Blackstone, the Magic Detective. He "wrote extensively on Houdini and his escape tricks and sleight-of-hand,"[1] and became involved after Houdini's death with Houdini seances. Before Gibson died, he passed on the responsibility of doing the Houdini Seances to Dorothy Dietrich[5] of the Houdini Museum[6] in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Litzka wrote her own books on topics as diverse as palmistry, dancing, and personal hygiene, sometimes under the pen-name Leona Lehman. Gibson wrote a Batman prose story which appeared in Detective Comics #500 (March 1981) and was drawn by Thomas Yeates.
GA-Sen A & B: Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA) Refuses To Let Moscow Mitch Obstruct President Biden
       
Received this e-mail today from Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D. MA-04) in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns:Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA)Before we break for Thanksgiving, I wanted to circle back about the Georgia Senate runoffs. It’s important that we do what we can to support the advocates, activists, community leaders, and local voices on the ground. I’ll be doing all I can to support the groups, campaigns, and advocates on the front lines of our organizing efforts -- in Georgia or beyond. Your contribution will be split between my leadership PAC (dedicated to supporting organizations, campaigns and candidates across the country) as well as the two Georgia runoff campaigns.
Top Comments: Good GSA Day Edition
       
TOP COMMENTSBrillig's ObDisclaimer: The decision to publish each nomination lies with the evening's Diarist and/or Comment Formatter. "TopCommentness" lies in the eyes of the nominator and of you, the reader - I leave the decision to you. Please remember that comment inclusion in Top Comments does not constitute support or endorsement by diarist, formatter, Top Comments writers or DailyKos. From luckylizard:From Puddytat:TOP MOJOTop Mojo for yesterday, November 22nd 2020, first comments and tip jars excluded. Click any picture to be taken to the full comment or picture.
The Crazy Continues from the 'Coup Klutz Clan': 'BradCast' 11
       
MI certifies Biden winConservative judge tosses Team Trump's PA suitGSA begins transition, Trump's vows to 'prevail''Dominion/Venezuela' conspiracy lawyer tossed under bus after attacking GA Repubs... Also, the final "SharpieGate" lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice in the state where Biden appears to have won by more than 10,000 votes. Trump lost bigly in Michigan on Monday, where the state Board of Canvassers voted unanimously (with one abstention) to certify Biden's victory by nearly 160,000 votes. This is the (likely doomed) case Trump hopes may reach SCOTUS where he believes he can win after packing the stolen GOP majority on the Court in his favor. of State Brad Raffensperger and even Trumpier Republican Governor Brian Kemp both certified Biden's victory on Friday.
Trump cancels Open-Skies Treaty: Is he planning an attack on somewhere ?
       
Could he want to stop surveillance of U.S. territory so as to prepare an attack on somewhere ? A commenter on Eyesbright’s diary noted that our satellite surveillance renders the Open Skies surveillance obsolete since we can very well see what other countries are up to. So maybe there is an entirely innocent explanation for withdrawal from the Treaty. Though Rachel said it is actually illegal for Trump to do this without Congressional approval. One other thought: does withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty remove our obligation to share information with the other members of the treaty on military threats ?
Virginia politics have changed so much so quickly. Our new data shows how
       
Over in the Richmond suburbs, the 7th District swung from 50-44 Trump to 50-49 Biden; freshman Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger held on 51-49 against Republican Del. The 10th District in Northern Virginia favored Clinton 52-42, but Biden took it by an even stronger 59-40 margin. However, Republican Rep. Trump also lost support in the 5th District, which contains Charlottesville and south-central Virginia, but not by enough to cost Team Red control of the seat. This district also went 70-28 at the presidential level, except that it was Trump who carried it.
Please stop blogging about this person
       
We need to stop talking and blogging about Emily Murphy. While she was the main hold up in the transition of power that should’ve happened two weeks ago, she’s just this week’s Kim Davis. She the “victim” of having to do the job she signed up to do, and she has failed miserably. She’s the snowflake that can’t get her personal feelings out of the way of her actual duty as a government employee. Don’t treat the symptom, treat the cause.
A New Day at DHS as Biden Picks Son of Jewish Cuban Refugees to Head Agency
       
Alejandro MayorkasImmigrant advocates have a new hope as President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Alejandro Mayorkas, the son of Jewish Cuban refugees, to head the Department of Homeland Security. — Alejandro Mayorkas (@AliMayorkas) November 23, 2020In the Obama administration, Mayorkas served as both the DHS deputy secretary and the director of the U.S. x Alejandro Mayorkas is a historic and experienced choice to lead an agency in desperate need of reform. While serving in DHS, Mayorkas was concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism and hate crimes against Jews. The Biden transition team also noted that at DHS, Mayorkas led the agency’s response to the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks.
Florida Republicans at it again
       
Yet again, Florida Republicans ran a spoiler candidate to take a state senate seat. This time, they won by 32 votes. They did the same thing in my district to Kayser Enneking two years ago, helping Keith Perry win. (They tried both in the Democratic Primary, and the General, and succeeded in the General.) www.cnn.com/...
Covid-19 Circles of Hell Progression: June
       
Following is an overview of my Circles of Hell series that has taken bi-weekly snapshots of all US States, Canadian Provinces, and world nations with a population of 300,000+ as they have progressed through the various log-based levels of cumulative per capita death tolls in the Covid-19 pandemic:Circle II = 3-9 Deaths/Million PopulationCircle III = 10-29 Deaths/Million PopulationCircle IV = 30-99 Deaths/Million PopulationCircle V = 100-299 Deaths/Million PopulationCircle VI = 300-999 Deaths/Million PopulationCircle VII = 1000-2999 Deaths/Million PopulationNote in particular the steady accumulation of places in Circles VI and VII, rising from just 23 back in early June to 87 as of yesterday. Yesterday also marked when the last US State (VT) finally crossed the threshold into Circle V, while the Canadian Provinces of NS & BC are still in Circle IV, SK is still in Circle III, and NB & NL remain in Circle II. Circles of Hell Progression: June - November Date III IV V VI VII Total 22-Nov 8-Nov 25-Oct 11-Oct 27-Sep 13-Sep 30-Aug 16-Aug 2-Aug 19-Jul 5-Jul 21-Jun 7-Jun 29 29 30 35 33 32 33 35 30 33 38 37 33 32 37 42 49 51 51 50 49 52 53 51 45 41 49 54 50 49 47 50 49 43 42 42 39 38 31 77 65 62 51 51 45 42 40 35 27 23 20 19 10 9 8 8 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 197 194 192 192 188 184 179 171 163 159 155 144 128Canadian data derived from Canada Infobase, all other data from worldometer
How to Cure Violence
       
I've been interested in Dr Gary Slutkin's epidemiological approach to preventing violence for a few years now (Updated link to 2015 diary on the topic: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/1/9/1356773/-Intertribal-Problems-Stuck-on-Stupid ). He addresses violent speech from both the President and throughout the public cacophony and proposes some approaches that can reduce it. He addresses violent speech from both the President and throughout the public cacophony and proposes some approaches that can reduce it. Forum on Global Violence Prevention from the Board on Global Health; Institute of Medicine; National Research CouncilJust like poverty, hunger, COVID19, climate, racism, and too many other problems to mention, we know a lot about what to do and even have the tools to do what needs to be done. We just don't do it.
After four years of DeVos, what should the new secretary of education prioritize?
       
COVID-19The coronavirus has made already-existing inequities in the public education system worse, and the new education secretary will need to move swiftly to address them. “This pandemic at minimum has been revealing and at worst catastrophic for education writ large, exacerbating racial and economic disparities,” said Frank Gettridge, executive director for the National Public Education Support Fund. “The next secretary of education should have the courage needed to create and promote more equitable and racially just policies,” Gettridge said. Many critics hope the incoming secretary of education will reinstate and expand on some Obama-era policies. “We have to start taking a two-generation approach to both education and immigration policies,” Cobián said.
Overnight News Digest: GM Hits Reverse on Bar of CA Emissions Rules
       
C/NETNetflix’s breakout hit about chess, The Queen's Gambit, is the service's most-watched limited series ever, the company said Monday. He said the question was "not whether the world can afford to share... it's whether it can afford not to". BBCFormer US Secretary of State John Kerry will act as climate envoy when US President-elect Joe Biden takes office. NPRPresident-elect Joe Biden announced Monday his intent to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American, to head the government agency that oversees immigration issues, the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold that job, previously was the head of U.S.
Progressives Rail Against Biden Considering Rahm Emanuel for a Cabinet Position
       
as they should — no “imitation Daley’s” — now or EV.ER. [bleep] that guy! he can go clean Dump’s garbage at Mar-a-Lago with RG, or walk on the driving range in the metal suit as they whack golf balls at him! www.msn.com/...
IAN: Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Pumpkins and Gratitude.
       
If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. Somehow 2020 has gotten to Thanksgiving Week.
Insomniacs Late Night Venthole
       
This venthole (hereinafter know as IVH) if lost or stolen will not be replaced or purchase price refunded. Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed Oxford shirts after written requests. Maybe it'll be warm enough to sit out in my friend's back yard for the holiday. There are some on the sill in my bathroom too that are getting ready to explode with flowers.
BIDEN'S VICTORY Certification in Michigan is DONE, board voted 3-0 to certify the election.
       
Despite fears that the two GOP members of the Michigan canvassing board might go rogue and unlawfully refuse to certify the election for Biden, that did not happen. The canvassing board voted to certify Biden’s victory 3-0, with firebrand Norman Shinkle abstaining as the lone holdout. Yet Republican Party officials have asked the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification on Monday. A canvassing board may not legally refuse to certify an election where no legitimate evidence undermines valid ballots. Should a member of the state canvassing board seek to misuse their authority, that obstruction won’t actually deliver a different result.
Remember that Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary can address some of the Trump sweetheart deals
       
Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen will be nominated as Treasury Secretary. Remember that Trump though Mnuchin lifted some Russian sanctions during the Mueller investigation on one Russian oligarch in particular, affecting steel and aluminum tariffs. x https://t.co/drXVFNCBYs — Claudia Sahm GET MORE MONEY OUT (@Claudia_Sahm) November 23, 2020x Janet Yellen will be the first U.S. Treasury Secretary in four years to have no experience producing the movie Suicide Squad. — Daniel Bergstresser (@dbergstresser) November 15, 2020x I believe @senatemajldr McConnell knows/has dealings with one in KY.... Oleg Deripaska.... a somewhat FAMILIAR name. Funny how they all tie in together.. Chris Burnham, Deutche Bank, Oleg Deripaska, John Bolton, Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Manafort.https://t.co/qIO1cuQMv1 https://t.co/DQ0aDVXLoK — Gena (@mymiasagi) November 20, 2020endless disinformationx The disinformation system that Trump unleashed will outlast him.
GSA Emily folds, transition begins
       
x Here's the full letter from Murphy to Biden: pic.twitter.com/DJ4SFLzrfP — Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) November 23, 2020President-elect Joe Biden still needs a Democratic Senate to pass his agenda. If you can, please chip in to support Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia runoffs.
What Unites Us?
       
My wife gave me a book for my birthday, it’s What Unites Us by Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner. We can’t agree on anything. And it will if we can’t find enough common ground to bring about common good. I don’t think it helps that they are so “in your face” about their unwillingness to accept our views either. But I do know one thing, if most of us can’t row in a unified direction the boat goes nowhere.
GOP's PA certification last stand: "bad faith, dilatory motive, prejudice, or futility"
       
Judge Matthew Brann granted a request from Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to dismiss the lawsuit that alleged Republicans had been unconstitutionally disadvantaged because certain counties permitted voters to cure their mail ballots. (bad faith, dilatory motive, prejudice, and futility, LLP)There's a slight delay in the PA certification announcement if only because “This is not at all frivolous.”Now 1-36 in lawsuits, the Trump campaign tries to claim again on appeal of a technicality that every Pennsylvania postal ballot is illegal because “defective mail ballots”, that they should be thrown out to be replaced by a statistical sample substitute, and if that doesn’t work, swap it all out and substitute electors. They got shot down already, and are now down to their last gasp, which could be rendered moot by tomorrow, since the PA certification should occur this evening.
"Trump quits treaty allowing US to fly reconnaissance missions over Russia – will destroy planes"
       
SR-71 Remember those? A connection seems obvious between Putin speaking out yesterday against Biden’s winPutin Says No Hidden Motive In Not Congratulating Bidenand Trump’s announcement of this move that Putin surely must have wanted and welcomed:Trump quits treaty allowing US to fly reconnaissance missions over Russia – will destroy planesI don’t really feel well enough to write about this but it’s a Hugely BFD that we all need to know about so I’ll get this started by posting the articles for everyone to read (and discuss).
Feinstein out as top Democrat in the Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin next in line
       
Dick Durbin (left) is next in line as top Democrat in the Judiciary Committee after Dianne Feinstein (second to right) steps downPolitico:Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, according to three people familiar with the matter. [...] Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is next in line for the job, followed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). That should improve our odds of a more ambitious policy of confirming Biden judges by Senate Democrats. For a Democratic Senate, we still need to win the two runoffs in Georgia. If you are interested in supporting these races, check out This is how we are going to win the GA runoffs - a (nearly) complete guide.
Corporate America starts to leave Trump for dead
       
The Times reports that Barra also phoned California's chief regulator, Mary Nichols, a top pick to lead Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency. Oh, and apparently GM officials forgot to inform the Trump administration—or, if they did, no one told EPA spokesman James Hewitt. “It’s always interesting to see the changing positions of U.S. corporations,” said Hewitt. The timing of Biden's new emphasis on combatting climate change also fits perfectly with GM's business plans. In recent months, GM has been signaling plans to move aggressively into the Electrical Vehicle market.
Trump reportedly concerned his lawyers are 'fools that are making him look bad'
       
The president is concerned his team is comprised of “fools that are making him look bad,” said one source familiar with the thinking. It’s not like esteemed attorneys are lining up in droves to stand next to Rudy Giuliani’s Deepwater Horizon head. Well, when you hitch your star to Rudy Giuliani’s wagon, you take the bad with the … more bad. Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump is hot off the presses! Along with Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Pr*sident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump, you’ll see the Trump years from a hilarious new perspective.
Cartoon: Sabotage
       
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Biden keeps winning the same states again and again, thanks to Trump efforts to overturn the vote
       
Biden won the first count of the votes in Georgia. Now, thanks to a request from the Trump campaign, there’s going to be a machine recount starting Tuesday morning to be completed by the end of the day on Dec. 2. He will win the state a third time, or fourth if you want to count the certification as a win. Boy, Trump’s team sure wants to drive home that Biden really, really, really for sure won Georgia, huh? Team Trump is butting up against the will of the voters, trying to knock it down in state after state.
Celebrating Five Years with Noble Fur
       
In mid-August I needed a break, and a week at my remote cabin in Washington seemed like the perfect remedy. On my way back home I took a route that led through southern Missouri, where I spent time with relatives. The very next day, I was already taking pictures of the new cat, and she was hanging out at my house. Rather than dig through five years worth of images, I will stick with the pictures that I took this year. Given that the first sighting of Noble Fur was in a woodpile, let’s begin the picture show thusly.
How bad is Trump's legal team? So bad even Trump is trashing them
       
At least, that's what sources to NBC say. Mr. Self-Awareness believes that the whole legal team is a bunch of "fools that are making him look bad," but whom he won't fire because "in essence, who knows?" What has disillusioned him about Giuliani is just so on point for who Trump is. It's that he literally looked bad in that press conference last week. Because Donald is the exemplar of how to do hair and makeup.
Gang of young Marines and ex-porn star moved to Idaho to create Nazi “death squad,” plot attacks
       
... As we build our forces and our numbers, we will move into the urban areas and clear them out. The participants in compiled a video of the live footage from that training, showing Kryscuk and another person firing a variety of rifles. At the end, the four men—all outfitted in Atomwaffen masks—are seen giving the Nazi salute beneath a Sonnenrad, an occult Nazi symbol. Then, on August 18, Kryscuk was observed lurking in the vicinity of a BLM rally/protest at a park in downtown Boise. "Death squad," Kryscuk answered, adding: “Assassins creed hoodies and suppressed 22 pistols.”"People freaking tf out," Duncan replied.
There's less than a month left of open enrollment in Obamacare, at least until Biden gets in
       
More than 200 counties across the country will have five or more insurers, and only 10% of counties have just one insurer offering. In the 2018 plan year when enrollment was happening during the 2017 Senate push to repeal the law, fully 52% of counties only had one offering. KFF found that "'free' ($0 premium) bronze plans are available in 84% of counties to the lowest-income subsidized Marketplace enrollees. Because insurers load additional costs onto silver plans, we also find that in 983 counties, gold premiums are lower than or comparable to the cost of silver plans." Here's a good rundown of the ways you can make sure you're not getting scammed by an insurer that's slipped into the open enrollment to snag unwitting customers.
Republicans attempted to add a little voter suppression to Georgia runoff Monday and failed
       
The Georgia senate runoff with Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock hoping to unseat Republican incumbents and corrupt COVID-19 profiteers David Perdue and Amy Loeffler is only weeks away. The Republican Party is not a creative group of people, so they’re once again attempting to figure out ways to suppress the votes of people of color in the coming weeks. The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Joe Biden won Georgia, and now we can win back the Senate with the two runoff elections on Jan. 5. Click here to find out what volunteer opportunities you can do from afar to help us win Georgia.
Astra USA Agrees To Provide $10 Million To Victims Of Discrimination
       
The Complaint and a Consent Decree signed by the parties were filed today with The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The settlement also provides for, among other things, the administration of all monetary claims, monitoring of Astra's compliance with its policy prohibiting sexual harassment, and training for all managers, supervisors and salespersons on recognizing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The EEOC 's Chairman Paul Igasaki announced that this is the largest settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit in the agency's history. I hope that other employers will follow Astra USA's lead in taking the necessary steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and provide a remedy for those who have been victims of discrimination." All money in the claims fund will be allocated to victims of discrimination and Astra will pay all fees and expenses of the Special Master.
Boom. GSA chief Emily Murphy finally signs off on initiating formal transition process
       
The head of the General Services Administration on Monday finally informed the Biden Administration she had greenlit the formal transition process, signing off on a letter she has been withholding for more than two weeks since every major outlet called the presidential contest for Joe Biden. CNN obtained the letter from GSA administrator Emily Murphy:As the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, I have the ability under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, to make certain post-election resources and services available to assist in the event of a presidential transition. See 3 U.S.C. § 102 note (the "Act"). I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you.
AstraZeneca slides after announcing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 70% effective
       
AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenShares in AstraZeneca slid 2% on Monday after the company released results that showed its COVID-19 vaccine is just 70% effective, compared with rates of above 90% for those of its two biggest rivals. AstraZeneca said its vaccine can be stored in normal refrigerated conditions. AstraZeneca shares fell 2% on Monday after announcing its Oxford University-developed coronavirus vaccine shot is 70% effective, compared with success rates of above 90% of those of US rivals Pfizer and Moderna. AstraZeneca said its clinical trials in the UK and Brazil showed the vaccine stopped people from developing symptoms in 70% of cases on average. Pfizer and Moderna have announced promising vaccine trial results, and both are said to be 95% effective.
'Putting their lives at risk': Coalition urges farmworkers be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine
       
“The CIRS has found that in Monterey County, farmworkers are three times more likely to contract the coronavirus than the general population,” the report said. Of course, farmworkers should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine not just because they’re essential workers who feed the nation, but also because they’re deserving of rights, of dignity, and should be able to do their jobs safely. “The federal government refused to mandate safety standards to protect farmworkers and others against COVID-19. It’s just cruel and unreasonable.”According to The Desert Sun, California’s draft vaccination plan prioritizes healthcare workers, followed by other essential workers. But as the report notes, prioritizing farmworkers along with healthcare workers would be just one step.
Biden and Democrats try to lead while McConnell holds a hungry, sick, dying nation hostage
       
That includes, sources from The New York Times say, asking Pelosi and Schumer to strike a quick deal with Senate Republicans even if that means compromising further. Pelosi has already trimmed her HEROES bill by nearly $1 trillion. In response, McConnell actually cut what he had on offer, what he brought to the Senate floor as a show of partisan kibuki, by half a trillion. "By playing all-or-nothing hardball with a proposal this radical, our colleagues have thus far guaranteed that American workers and families get nothing at all." "That level of individual suffering, really, to me, should be everyone's priority and move them past their political differences."
Resettlement agencies say Biden pledge to raise refugee admissions 'offers hope'
       
Contrary to xenophobic lies from the outgoing president, the refugee admissions process is complicated and lengthy, and recent policies and the novel coronavirus pandemic have only made it steeper. ”It's a much smaller pipeline than existed five years ago," Owen continued to The Dispatch. "Under the refugee allocation categories ... the Trump administration set, only about 20,000 of them would even be eligible to come." The Dispatch reports that among families waiting to reunite under a Biden administration are Muhammed Omar and his 17-year-old stepdaughter Ramla Aweis, currently separated under the Muslim ban. President-elect Biden has vowed to end the ban, reportedly on day one of his administration though that date hasn’t yet been confirmed.
3 Drug Makers Are Convicted in Reimbursement Overcharges
       
A federal judge ruled yesterday that AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Schering-Plough must pay damages for overcharging on certain drugs paid for by Medicare, pension funds, insurers and patients. Judge Patti B. Saris of United States District Court in Boston found the companies liable in a nationwide class-action lawsuit over drugs administered by doctors. The plaintiffs argued that the drug makers had sold medications to doctors at steep discounts to the “average wholesale price” that Medicare and pension funds paid, while secretly encouraging them to claim full reimbursement from insurers. In a 183-page opinion, Judge Saris wrote: “The Medicare statute itself created a perverse incentive by pegging the nationwide reimbursement for billions of drug transactions a year to a price reported by the pharmaceutical industry, thus putting the proverbial pharmaceutical fox in charge of the reimbursement chicken coop. The different pharmaceutical companies unfairly took advantage of the system by setting sky-high prices with no relation to the marketplace.”
#371: 06-20-03 ASTRAZENECA PHARMACEUTICALS LP PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTHCARE CRIME; COMPANY AGREES TO PAY $355 MILLION TO SETTLE CHARGES
       
This criminal conduct caused losses of $39,920,098 to Medicare, Medicaid and other federally funded insurance programs. Zoladex is marketed by AstraZeneca primarily for the treatment of prostate cancer, as is the drug Lupron which is produced by TAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“TAP”). In October 2001, TAP agreed to pay $875,000,000 to resolve civil and criminal liabilities in connection with its pricing and marketing of Lupron. Prior to today’s guilty plea by AstraZeneca, three physicians have been charged, and two have pleaded guilty, for their role in conspiring to bill for Zoladex samples. The entire amount of the nearly $64 million criminal fine paid by AstraZeneca will go to the Department of Justice’s Crime Victims Fund.
Teva, Pfizer, Sandoz among 20 companies accused of illegally hiking generic drug prices
       
"Now we know that the high drug prices have been driven in part by an illegal conspiracy among generic drug companies to inflate their price." The coordination began in 2014, they said, when Congress began investigating generic drug price increases. They said Teva raised prices on 112 generic drugs between 2013 and 2015, when the alleged conspiracy was taking place. Before 2012, Teva and other companies had been keeping generic drug costs artificially high by agreeing not to compete with one another, the suit alleges. Other companies named as defendants included Glenmark Pharmaceuticals of Mahwah and three companies based in Parsippany.
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost price
       
The coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available on a non-profit basis “in perpetuity” to low- and middle-income countries in the developing world. The details of arrangements to supply poorer countries came as AstraZeneca revealed the interim results of a phase 3 trial of the vaccine, which is being heralded as the first to meet the more challenging requirements of the developing world. The promising results from AstraZeneca come at a time of mounting concern over how to distribute the vaccine equitably. Countries in the developing world, by contrast, have been left behind, lacking the influence of blocs such as the EU. “The advantage of the AstraZeneca vaccine [is] it can be stored in an ordinary refrigerator, from two to eight degrees [celsius], and is similar to the characteristics of other vaccines that we use in the developing world.”
Pfizer pays out to Nigerian families of meningitis drug trial victims
       
The parents of four Nigerian children who died of meningitis have become the first winners of a 15-year legal battle against Pfizer over a fiercely controversial drug trial. Pfizer was sued after 11 children died in a clinical trial when the northern state of Kano was hit by Africa's worst ever meningitis epidemic in 1996. US-based Pfizer had argued that meningitis and not its antibiotic had led to the deaths of 11 children and harm to dozens of others. Pfizer said in February it had settled all outstanding lawsuits involving accusations that it tested the experimental antibiotic Trovan on children. There is no suggestion that the attorney general was swayed by the pressure.
Empire of Guns by Priya Satia: 9780735221864
       
Praise“Satia’s detailed retelling of the Industrial Revolution and Britain’s relentless empire expansion notably contradicts simple free market narratives. Spanning four continents and three centuries, tackling the fundamental nature of industrialization and capitalism, Empire of Guns belongs to the last decade’s resurgence in so-called ‘big history’. Though not presented as a political book, the implications of Satia’s work are difficult to ignore. A revelatory book.”—Sven Beckert, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Empire of Cotton“Empire of Guns boldly uncovers a history of modern violence and its central role in political, economic, and technological progress. Satia’s detailed and fresh look at the Industrial Revolution has appeal and relevance grounded in and reaching beyond history and social science to illuminate the complexity of present-day gun-control debates.”—Booklist
Financing Drug Research: What Are the Issues?, by Dean Baker, Sept. 2004
       
Rapidly increasing drug costs, and the economic distortions they imply, have led researchers to consider alternative mechanisms for financing drug research. This paper outlines some of the key issues in evaluating patents and other mechanisms for financing prescription drug research. In addition, the patent system for financing prescription drug research poses large and growing problems in an international context. Current projections for drug spending imply that patent supported prescription drug research will lead to ever larger distortions through time. These problems must be kept in mind when assessing methods for financing prescription drug research.
UK coronavirus vaccine rollout could start NEXT MONTH after Oxford/AstraZeneca trial breakthrough
       
A UK coronavirus vaccine programme could start as soon as next month after a breakthrough in clinical trial results from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said manufacturing of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine had already begun in anticipation of positive results. Professor Andrew Pollard, chief investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial at Oxford, said: “These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many lives. Prof Pollard said: "Importantly, there were no hospitalisations or severe cases in anyone who had the Oxford vaccine. “This is really encouraging news on the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, that obviously we’ve been backing since the start,” he told Sky News.
CIA reveals multi-cloud C2E procurement details in new draft
       
Written by Billy MitchellThe CIA revealed more of its plan Tuesday to evolve the intelligence community‘s commercial cloud operations by contracting multiple cloud service providers split between two distinct environments. The agency published a new draft request for proposals and a statement of work for its forthcoming Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E), which could be awarded as soon as September, according to the documents obtained by FedScoop. C2E is the highly anticipated follow-on cloud procurement to its like-named Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) awarded to Amazon Web Services in 2013 for $600 million. “Based on the IC strategic plan, the IC will leverage Government and multiple commercial cloud capabilities that are interoperable and support workflows within and across multiple security fabrics. One part will be the C2E Commercial Environment, which will feature unclassified commercial off-the-shelf and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)-authorized cloud services with fewer security requirements.
CIA cloud program awarded; CISA cyber program under protest
       
As a reminder, the Commercial Cloud Enterprise’s (C2E) program objective is to “acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers …” at all three security impact levels. The spy agency is looking for vendors to provide infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities as well as support services. The CIA cloud contract builds on its success of the C2S program, which was a single award to AWS back in 2013, which was worth a reported $600 million over 10 years. Cloud solicitation delayedKeeping with the theme of this roundup, industry will have to wait a bit longer for another cloud contract. The contractor shall provide data center-based hosting and IaaS obtained from both commercial and government cloud service provider (CSP) service offerings.
NBA players travel to Vatican to discuss social justice work with Pope Francis
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall's book Bottom-Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution is both a welcomed manifesto and a guide for rethinking the power of human agency, understanding the connections that both make us human and legitimate human planetary relations. Moreover it is a powerful call for providing the ideas, social practices, and relations that make human connections possible, enable them to work together from the bottom up, and to transform such connections into a powerful movement in which people take control of their lives and create a better future for everyone." Henry Giroux, Director of the McMaster Centre for Research in the Public Interest, author of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, America?s Education Deficit and The War on Youth, and dozens more.
CIA Awards Secret Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Contract
       
The Central Intelligence Agency has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, contract to five companies—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM. Through the multiple-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity C2E contract, the CIA seeks foundational cloud services, including infrastructure-, platform- and software-as-a-service capabilities, as well as professional services. AWS, however—which holds the C2S contract through 2023—remains the only cloud service provider to provide cloud capabilities for workloads at all classification levels, including those classified as top secret. “We’re proud to have been named a vendor for the Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract (C2E). Editor's note: This story was updated to include comments from cloud service providers.
AWS-Microsoft JEDI fight will stretch into 2021 -- GCN
       
Work on the contract has been paused until February 2021 under a current injunction that was imposed earlier this year. Next in the overall JEDI saga comes DOD’s post-award debriefings to explain to both companies why the ultimate outcome remains the same. AWS must file an amended complaint by Oct. 9 and a renewed motion for further discovery by Oct. 23. The judge granted the current injunction to pause work on the current contract. A ruling against all of AWS’ discovery requests means the company has to file its motion for judgment on the administrative record by Dec. 23.
Living in the "Post Truth" Era.
       
It's essential to understand some basic cognitive science if you're going to keep your sanity while staying connected to the post-truth "real world." To start, what you experience as external reality is not the true nature of external reality. The higher your model's resolution, the more accurate it represents the external world; you see more detail. External reality is not black and white but has lots of grays. A different way of saying this is, we need to know the degrees of resolution used in the measurement.
Tell Biden: Drop McCabe! - Organic Consumers Association
       
Why is Michael McCabe on President-elect Joe Biden’s EPA transition team, when he helped DuPont avoid responsibility for poisoning America’s water with its Teflon toxins? ', used to say about wishy washy people, 'Weak! Weak as water' Indeed, very weak. Remember the Bhopal disaster where an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people died? Yeah right.
Quotation: Vidalista Worry about your sexual health?? Buy Vid
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Just as The Tipping Point provides an explanation for big changes, Rob Kall offers a unified explanation for the magic behind the success of the biggest tech companies, the Arab Spring, Occupy and the social media revolution An important, big picture, visionary approach weaving together technology, economics, evolution, science and personal relationships -- even happiness -- to describe a wave of change as significant as the invention of the printing press that is well under way -- a wave that could rescue the planet from the top-down system that afflicts the planet." Thom Hartmann, host of nationally syndicated radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, since 2003 and a nightly television show, The Big Picture, since 2008
Green 5G or red alert?
       
A letter to Greta Thunberg: questioning Huawei's Green 5G reportBy Miguel ComaGoogle TranslateDear Greta,In August 2020, Huawei published a white paper called Green 5G: Building a Sustainable World. Writing this letter, I aim to decipher some controversies about 5G and its implications for climate change. For references and calculations, please check the end notes[2]The left bar shows the additional energy needed to build and operate 5G networks. By "5G" I mean worldwide 5G public networks. For today, I want us to realize how much energy 5G would consume: over three times the total amount of energy that Sweden uses for industries, transportation, electricity, residences, schools, etc., combined.
George Clooney Explains Why He Gave 14 Close Friends $1 Million Each
       
It’s a tale that seems straight out of Hollywood. Mostly because it is. George Clooney has finally confirmed that he once gave 14 close friends $1 million each, corroborating the years-old story in an interview with GQ published Tuesday in honor of his being named the magazine’s Icon of the Year. The actor’s close friend and Casamigos business partner Rande Gerber first relayed the story about the suitcases stuffed with cash back in 2017, but this is the first time the famous prankster has opened up about the gift himself. And luckily for his friends, it wasn’t a prank ? just an incredible way to say “thank you.”
Open Covid letter from a white middle class guy whose luck of birth has run out but that's OK
       
My sense is that this winter is going to be very hard on our country and very challenging for each and all of us. Try not to get sucked into ruts, old patterns, dark thoughts about what isn't working or isn't possible . What I am saying is, the next 4 months may be the hardest, but they don't have to be. (It is not the end of the world, but let it be the end of the old provisional world with its old limitations.) A word on privilege of birth and race, stage in life and occupation: I am a middle class white guy, retired.
Trump's Election Shenanigans Pale before the Threats from Melting Polar Glaciers and Ice Sheets
       
According to Trump he did not lose, he was cheated out of a legitimate win by voter fraud and ballot stuffing. A major target state was Michigan with 20 electoral votes. However, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has now certified Biden's victory meaning he should get its electoral votes. While Trump's shenanigans continue, the world faces a real danger of melting ice sheets and glaciers. At the other pole the Greenland ice sheet had a record-breaking 2019, shedding the most ice since 1948 -- an estimated 532 billion tons.
NBA players travel to Vatican to discuss social justice work with Pope Francis
       
A delegation of NBA players traveled to the Vatican on Monday to meet with Pope Francis to discuss the league’s efforts to combat social injustice. The National Basketball Players Association sent five players--Kyle Korver, Jonathan Isaac, Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown and Anthony Tolliver--to meet with the pope “to discuss their individual and collective efforts addressing social and economic injustice and inequality occurring in their communities,” the NBPA said in a news release. If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
After the Fire the Fire Still Burns
       
It is an ancient truism by now that we Westerners must forever return to the classics for spiritual replenishment and cultural rejuvenation. While we seem to have reached a hiatus with dialectical materialism, Heraclitus continues to remind us it's all samsara anyway. Thus it was with great anticipation that I began my read of Joel Agee's newish translation of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound. So let him throwhis firebolts, let him terrify the worldwith the white wings of blizzards and the growland roar of earthquakes. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Dealing With COVID-19
       
We see images of people waiting in long lines of cars at food banks for bags of food. Food and shelter are the primary conditions for life. This is a given in the animal kingdom, and surely would apply to human society that values life. In a wealthy nation, the unemployed must not lose their shelter because of economic conditions beyond their control. Looking beyond the present pandemonium, many observers anticipate the economy to recover to pre COVID-19 conditions within a year or two after distribution of pending vaccines.
Congressional Virus Staff Infection of Insider Trading
       
The announced deal was preceded by huge insider trading in federal and state government bonds. In 1966 Henry Manner made public in his classic book, Insider Trading and the Stock Market, that "the federal government is the largest producer of information capable of having a substantial effect on stock market prices." The STOCK ACT of April 4, 2012, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge legislation, was to finally put an end to congressional insider trading. Soon after the legislation was passed and signed by President Obama, on a Friday night, the STOCK ACT was quietly amended. The amended STOCK ACT would exempt the 28,000 staff members of Congress from insider trading.
GAO Study Exposes How the Wealthiest Corporations Keep America Poor
       
But when massive transnational corporations come to Congress hat in hand for financial assistance, or corporate welfare, there isn't a moment's hesitation. In other words, we are incentivizing some of the nation's largest and most profitable corporations including Walmart, McDonald's, Dollar General, and Amazon--to keep workers poor so CEOs can take billions per year in handouts. Sen. Bernie Sanders recently commissioned the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the current impact corporate welfare is having on Americans and the economy. U.S. taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize some of the largest and most profitable corporations in America. It is time for the owners of Walmart, McDonald's and other large corporations to get off of welfare and pay their workers a living wage.
WATCH: Free Press = Free Assange
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Kall's well-researched book integrates knowledge from philosophy to economics and ecology. He shows us how, all over the world and across many fields of endeavor, we humans are organizing new and rewarding ways of acting for the common good. His book is both idealistic and realistic and gives us a vision of what we all most need -- hope for the future"Mary Pipher, psychologist, and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia and Writing to Change the World
Article: "Frankenstein's Monster": Judge Slams Trump Team's Efforts to Overturn Election Results
       
See original hereAs President Trump's unprecedented campaign to overturn the results of the presidential election drags on, over two dozen lawsuits filed by his legal team have been dismissed or withdrawn. New York Times Magazine staff writer Emily Bazelon says the Trump legal team's efforts have so far lacked real substance, with the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani "treating court as if it's cable news." She also says more Republican lawmakers need to stand up against Trump's attempt to subvert democracy. Over two dozen lawsuits filed by Trump's legal team have been dismissed or withdrawn. In Georgia, the Trump team has asked for a second recount even though no evidence of widespread fraud emerged during a statewide audit of the election.
The hypocrisy of Liberals' nuclear policy
       
Republished from Yves EnglerA Vancouver MP's last-minute withdrawal from a recent webinar on Canada's nuclear arms policy highlights Liberal hypocrisy. The government says they want to rid the world of nuclear weapons but refuse to take a minimal step to protect humanity from the serious threat. A month ago Liberal MP Hedy Fry agreed to participate in a webinar on "Why hasn't Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?" Fry's withdrawal from the exchange of ideas captures the hypocrisy of the Liberals' nuclear policy. Last month Global Affairs claimed "Canada unequivocally supports global nuclear disarmament" while two weeks ago a government official repeated their support for a "world free of nuclear weapons."
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, What If They Called an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?
       
No matter that, in each case, the president invariably claimed that the U.S. military was heading out the door. Hardly noticed in the hubbub, oil well by oil well, suppressed environmental regulation by suppressed environmental regulation, he's become ever more committed to making forever war on the planet itself. What a "wartime" president Donald Trump has, in fact, proved to be! Now, in his own chaotic fashion, whether he thinks so or not, he's going to turn over both versions of forever war to Joe Biden. TomWhat President Biden Won't TouchForeign Policy, Sacred Cows, and the U.S. MilitaryBy Danny Sjursen In this mystifying moment, the post-electoral sentiments of most Americans can be summed up either as "Ding dong!
Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite's War on Truth
       
The Biden victory, the Democratic Party leaders and their courtiers in the media now insist, is evidence that the democratic process is strong and untainted, that the system works. Would the Democrats and pundits at The New York Time s, CNN and MSNBC pay homage to a fair electoral process? Trump and Giuliani are vulgar and buffoonish, but they play the same slimy game as their Democratic opponents. The widening disconnect from reality by the ruling elite is intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by predatory global corporations and billionaires. The two warring factions within the ruling elite, which fight primarily over the spoils of power while abjectly serving corporate interests, peddle alternative realities.
Divided We Stand - America, Biden and 70M Trumpites
       
If America and the world waited with bated breath on the declaration of Joe Biden as winner and President-elect, the euphoria was short-lived. That's because of the fact that it has become crystal clear that Americans voted in very significant numbers for Donald Trump. The same statistics tell us 79,816,557 Americans voted for Joe Biden or about 51.1 percent of the total popular vote counted. To act all surprised that millions of Americans - white Americans - still embrace racism in all its odious and banal forms is just plain hypocritical. It's the arrogant meritocracy that is in bed with Wall Street, and the top-down leadership of the party - the Left version of the "Right" Republican Party - that must be destroyed.
Why Indigenous activists are occupying the Hamptons until Thanksgiving
       
Thousands of years ago, the land was where the native Shinnecock tribe carried their canoes during travel. Troge, who grew up in Shinnecock territory, has known the Grandmothers since she was a baby. For the past few weeks, she has been helping run Sovereignty Camp 2020, where more than 30 activists plan to camp until Thanksgiving. “We’ve gotten messages from people around the world who have grievances with billionaires living on stolen land,” Troge said. We’ve really been struggling to put up the second sign that we planned.
Biden's Victory Does Not Guarantee a Progressive Agenda. We Must Fight for It.
       
From TruthoutJoe Biden's victory over Donald Trump is monumental. Now progressives must hold Biden's feet to the fire and demand that he govern for the 99 percent and not the 1 percent. In a three-hour conference call among House Democrats on November 5, centrists lambasted their progressive colleagues for embracing socialism, Medicare for All, and supporting calls to defund the police. The protests against white supremacy led by Black Lives Matter activists and demands to defund the police, however, brought Black Americans to the polls in cities that were critical to Biden's victory. When he addressed the country as president-elect, Biden attributed his victory to "the broadest and most diverse coalition in history."
The China Moment
       
Reprinted from Global ResearchChina(Image by JoeHart42) Details DMCAChina has achieved the almost impossible - a free trade agreement with 14 countries - the ten ASEAN, plus Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, altogether 15 countries, including China. In this sense, it is likely that the new Silk Road may enhance a special "Health Road" across the Asian Continent. The real beauty of this RCEP agreement is that it pursues a steady course forward, despite all the adversities imposed by the west, foremost the US of A. The crux of the RCEP agreement's trade deals is that they will be carried out in local currencies and in yuan - no US dollars. Much of the BRI infrastructure investments, or New Silk Road, may be funded by other currencies than the US dollar.
Drugmakers Will Profit Off COVID Vaccines Generated by Taxpayer-Funded Research
       
As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, a third major drug company has injected good news into the race for a potential vaccine. Last week, drug giants Pfizer and Moderna reported their vaccines are almost 95% effective. Explain what it means to say that these vaccines should belong to the world, not be the property of a private corporation. In the case of the Moderna vaccine, which really should be viewed as the National Institutes of Health-Moderna vaccine, the government actually owns a portion of the vaccine, we believe. You have — and then the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine would cost more.
Reports of Meeting Between Netanyahu, Pompeo, bin Salman Spark Fear of Iran War
       
Trump’s request for military strike options came days after he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, who has pledged to act quickly to reenter the Iran nuclear agreement that Trump violated in May of 2018. Contrary to baseless and ongoing allegations by the U.S. and Israel, Iran says it is not developing and has no plans to develop nuclear weapons — a claim U.N. inspectors have repeatedly verified in recent years. Among the topics discussed at the hours-long meeting, according to the Journal, were Iran and normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both Netanyahu and Pompeo refused to comment on the meeting, but neither denied that it took place. ABSOLUTELY rare Israeli flight direct to new Saudi mega-city Neom on Red Sea shore It was Bibi’s ex-fav bizjet t7-cpx.
Indigenous Activists Are Occupying the Hamptons Until Thanksgiving
       
Thousands of years ago, the land was where the native Shinnecock tribe carried their canoes during travel. Troge, who grew up in Shinnecock territory, has known the Grandmothers since she was a baby. For the past few weeks, she has been helping run Sovereignty Camp 2020, where more than 30 activists plan to camp until Thanksgiving. “We’ve gotten messages from people around the world who have grievances with billionaires living on stolen land,” Troge said. We’ve really been struggling to put up the second sign that we planned.
Trial 4: A shameless police frame-up in Boston
       
Directed by Paris-based filmmaker Rémy Burkel, the series examines the case of Sean Ellis, a Boston teenager wrongly convicted of the 1993 murder of police officer John Mulligan. Two years later, Sean, a black teenager who was 19 at the time of Mulligan’s murder, was convicted of the crime. Acerra, Robinson and Brazil were exposed as dirty cops—extortionists, robbers and perjurers on a massive scale. The two had been scrutinized multiple times by the city of Boston for stealing the money of drug dealers. ... What happened to Sean Ellis is not just about Sean Ellis.
All Eyes on Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona — Will They Certify?
       
Update 4:45 p.m.: Aaron Van Langevelde, one of two Republicans on the Michigan canvassing board, voted with Democrats late this afternoon to certify Joe Biden’s victory in that state. The election boards in three states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona — are set to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 election, except maybe not, because Trump and his dwindling cadre of allies are attempting to stage a broad-daylight coup d’ état… or are they? Beyond being unseemly, gross, and harrowingly damaging to democracy, the effort — at least in Michigan — appears to be thus far comprehensively unsuccessful. The two Republican board members in Michigan are using “we need to investigate the election more” as their fig leaf for doing what Trump wants them to do. The Michigan board is expected to convene for a vote at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Zoom cancels meetings at several universities on Zoom censorship
       
Over the last month, Zoom, the widely-used online conferencing platform, has been facing tremendous backlash against its recent censorship of online meetings at several prominent universities. In late September, the company shut down an online seminar at San Francisco State University (SFSU) titled “Whose Narratives? In stark contrast to the protest of faculty, students and organizers, the university administrations of both NYU and SFSU sided with Zoom. Over the last year, the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) has struggled against increasingly aggressive acts of censorship. All those who seek to fight online censorship and defend the right to freedom of speech must break from all capitalist parties and institutions and turn to the international working class.
Climate Activists “Deeply Skeptical” of John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Policy Lead
       
The Biden transition team said on Monday that John Kerry, who previously served as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, would be an adviser on climate change within the president-elect’s administration. “Former Secretary of State John Kerry will fight climate change full-time as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and will sit on the National Security Council,” the transition team said in a statement. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry said. His decision to place Kerry, an ardent defender of the accords, on the NSC in a climate policy role will likely be celebrated by many who support action on climate change. “John Kerry’s signature climate strategy seems to be selling out the working class to corporate Republicans like John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” the Democratic Socialists of America tweeted out in response to Kerry’s appointment on Monday.
US, Israel and Saudi Arabia meet amid mounting war threats against Iran
       
Both Israeli and Saudi officials have confirmed an unprecedented secret trip by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Yossi Cohen, the head of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan subsequently tweeted a denial of the report, saying, “No such meeting occurred. The Israeli government has for years pressed the US to carry out a war with Iran, and its latest actions are no doubt meant to provoke such a confrontation before the end of the Trump administration. The Washington Post reported Sunday that “speculation that the Trump administration was preparing for military action against Iran nuclear capacities in its waning days has been rising. It would provide the pretext for the declaration of a national emergency, blocking the transfer of power and imposing martial law.
Labor governments presided over most confirmed Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
       
The escalating killings, moreover, coincided with Labor’s expansion of the Australian commitment to the occupation, demonstrating that the war crimes flowed from the prosecution of a predatory war directed against a hostile and oppressed population. There were already reports of Australian abuses and potential war crimes from Afghan human rights organisations and local civilians. It was revealed last week that a previous 2015 inquiry into Australian war crimes in Afghanistan heard claims of widespread “reverse-engineered killings,” with Afghans murdered, and then subsequently placed on the JPEL. In one 2010 night raid on the village of Chalabi, Australian special forces shot and killed two men. But from what is stated, as well as voluminous material on the public record, it is clear that the war crimes in Afghanistan were known, tolerated and covered-up by successive governments and the military command.
Biden names national-security team of right-wing militarists
       
All six of the appointments announced Monday in press releases—the nominees themselves will be introduced to the public later today—are in the sphere of foreign policy and national security. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, March 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)The six officials named Monday include:Antony Blinken, secretary of state: Blinken is a long-time Biden national-security aide in both the US Senate and during Biden’s vice presidency, and he was deputy secretary of state in 2015-2016. Jake Sullivan, national security adviser: Sullivan succeeded Blinken as national security adviser to Vice President Biden, as well as serving as chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Now that Biden expects to be in control of US foreign policy in less than 60 days, he is demonstrating that this will be the initial focus of policy changes.
Boris Johnson announced end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19
       
Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a Covid-19 Press Conference on Saturday October 31 in 10 Downing Street. The High Street re-opens next week with the end of national lockdown as Boris Johnson draws up plan for family 'bubbles' to gather for Christmas”. The Times likewise nodded its approval with the headline, “Boris Johnson to ease Covid lockdown with Christmas shopping spree”. Workers throughout the National Health Service (NHS) report extreme burnout, with thousands indicating their intention to leave the health service. This should prepare for a national lockdown with full financial, educational, medical and social support provided safely for all workers and young people affected.
New Zealand government, media downplay Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
       
An official report documenting war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, including the killing of at least 39 civilians and prisoners, released on November 18, has been virtually ignored by New Zealand’s Labour Party government and much of the media. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has not condemned Australia’s war crimes. The war, accompanied by propaganda from the media and politicians depicting Muslims as potential terrorists, emboldened fascists in Australia and New Zealand, including Brenton Tarrant, who last year massacred 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch. The pseudo-left Alliance Party, which was part of Clark’s coalition government, voted in parliament in 2001 to support sending the NZSAS to Afghanistan. The Ardern government is intent on covering up New Zealand and Australian war crimes in Afghanistan because it is strengthening the alliance with US imperialism, as Washington ramps up its threats and preparations for war against Iran and China.
A month after being hired at suburban Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant, worker dies from COVID-19
       
A Fiat Chrysler worker died Saturday morning after contracting COVID-19 at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (WTAP) in suburban Detroit. The worker, identified as Stevie Brown, was only hired into the plant as a temporary part-time employee last month. However, management and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union remained silent and the media did not report any information. FCA workers at Warren Truck plant outside of Detroit (Source: FCA Media)On Monday, the death was confirmed by the wife of the deceased worker. The paint shop has been the scene of several COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
650 bodies stored in freezer trucks for months in New York City disaster morgue
       
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that hundreds of bodies have been kept in a disaster morgue on the Brooklyn waterfront for months, after New York City was overwhelmed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 650 remain, and as a second wave of the virus hits the New York City area, the macabre “backlog” of bodies is likely to rise. The coronavirus pandemic has overrun most funeral homes and morgues in New York City. In many cases, these family members have themselves had COVID-19; some have died from it. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, responded to the reactions of horror—as well as reports that the city was prepared to dig temporary mass graves on Hart Island and in city parks if needed—by declaring that there would not be mass graves in New York City.
L.A. Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rams hold off Tom Brady for big NFC win
       
The Rams lost an instant-replay challenge attempting to turn an incomplete-pass call into a fumble by Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. The ball was knocked from Brady’s hand just as his arm started forward on a pass attempt from his own end zone. Rams Coach Sean McVay challenged and it was extremely close, but it did appear that the ball was in Brady’s hand as his arm started forward. There was not enough on replay for the on-field call to be overturned, and the incomplete-pass call stood. Former NFL referee John Parry, now a rules analyst for ESPN, said on the broadcast he agreed with the ruling.
Covid live updates: Hospitalizations in U.S. continue to set new records
       
The S&P 500 increased 20 points or 0.57 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq inched up 26 points or 0.22 percent to end the trading day. Biden plans to nominate Janet L. Yellen, the former head of the Federal Reserve, to lead the Treasury Department. Investors also continue to cheer on the progress in developing a coronavirus vaccine. AstraZeneca on Monday joined Moderna, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in announcing promising data on the effectiveness of its coronavirus vaccine. The positive updates have buoyed Wall Street’s optimism for weeks, and have sent the Dow into double-digit growth for the month of November.
Under pressure, Trump appointee Emily Murphy approves transition in unusually personal letter to Biden
       
Trump said Monday he had recommended that Murphy start the transition, but she insisted that she acted on her own. Republicans in her party, while privately acknowledging that Trump had lost, were sticking with the president in public. ADADHer team had notified the White House Counsel’s Office on Friday that she planned to designate Biden the winner on Monday, one friend said. Another White House official said dual fears — for her safety and of testifying before Congress — weighed on Murphy. In her letter to Biden, she lamented the vagueness in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, which guides the transition and declaration of the winner.
The virus cared a lot less about politics than the politicians did
       
“On November 4, the day after, they’re going to say, ‘All right, we’ll open up now,’ ” Trump said. Because all they want to do, you turn and then there’s covid, covid, covid, covid, covid. The average number of deaths each day is 61 percent higher than on Election Day. ADADAs we’ve pointed out, there’s a fairly steady relationship between the number of new cases and the number of new deaths. The implication, though, is unavoidable: By early December, the country probably will have 2,400 to 3,000 deaths per day.
Shanghai airport momentarily descends into chaos after workers test positive for Covid-19
       
Since the beginning of November, seven cargo workers and their close contacts at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport have been diagnosed as confirmed coronavirus cases, including two reported on Sunday. But the chaos appeared to have calmed before midnight, when the airport police posted photos on Weibo showing workers lining up orderly for the tests. On Saturday, the US caseload surpassed 12 million -- an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week. In Japan, daily coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000 for five days in a row. The city will also conduct regular coronavirus tests on some 40,000 workers and users of nursing hospitals and daycare centers.
China has 8 million blind people, but only 200 guide dogs
       
Founded in 2006, the Dalian China Guide Dog Training Center was the first of its kind in China -- but similar facilities existed internationally for decades. The US got its first guide dog school in 1929, and the UK in 1940, according to the International Guide Dog Federation. More than 20 guide dogs graduate from the China Dalian Guide Dog Training Center each year. Public acceptanceYang, and other guide dog users, said that guide dogs have become more accepted by the Chinese public in recent years. "There are only some 200 guide dogs in a country of 1.4 billion people -- the chance of meeting one is extremely low," he said.
Australian Open could be 'really dangerous' for tennis players, says ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev
       
Medvedev, the newly crowned ATP Finals champion, tells CNN Sport he is "really uncertain" about his Australian Open plans. Daniil Medvedev beat Dominic Thiem to win the ATP Finals. In the last four weeks, which saw him win the Paris Masters as well the ATP Finals, Medvedev has beaten seven. "I know that I'm capable of playing great tennis and I didn't know that I didn't beat any top 10 player for such a long time ... "That is of course a goal for every tennis player, to win a grand slam," he said.
Leaving no one behind
       
“Most have understood that the coal industry is dying,” Pfirmann said. When the North Sea oil and gas boom arrived in the ’70s and ’80s, he quit fishing and went back to school. A lot of them were getting a new education so they can work in the oil and gas industry,” he said. The Garzweiler open-pit mine expansion has sparked fierce resistance from locals and climate campaigners, but RWE insists that the project has to go ahead to ensure the region’s energy security. But for Oberherr, that distant green energy perspective won’t save her home, which is why she’s fighting to block the mine.
Sweden’s ground zero for the EU’s strategic materials plan
       
China is an important source of many of these materials, including rare earths. “If a tailings dam leaks or fails, the consequences for water downstream are really huge,” said Eva Charlotta Helsdotter, a researcher at Sweden's Uppsala University and opponent of the Norra Kärr project. “This is not a minor thing which means that in a few years you can start using the water.”Visited on a recent weekday, the proposed Norra Kärr site was quiet and indistinguishable from the surrounding area. Lawyer Högberg Björck said she represents 14 NGOs as well as many local residents who oppose the mining plan. “Norra Kärr is a project which ultimately has a huge potential benefit for the European Union,” Kozlowski said in a recent interview.
Facts over fear: How long will a vaccine be effective, why cold storage is important
       
State health officials reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing total confirmed cases to more than 56,000. Share this -Loeffler has second consecutive negative test, will return to trail, campaign says U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, has tested negative for Covid-19 after a second PCR test, her campaign said Monday. Monday night Loeffler "received her second consecutive negative PCR test result," campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement. There have been more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 in Colorado, with more than 2,400 deaths, according to state data. Share this -Minnesota Vikings player placed on Covid-19 reserve list The #Vikings have placed WR Adam Thielen on Reserve/COVID-19.
Small Belgian town becomes center of coronavirus vaccine world
       
Van den Heuvel doesn't mind telling the story over and over, proud as he is of the spotlight on his town. When Flanders' hot-button migration issues rocked the usually quiet town, Van den Heuvel even briefly had police protection because of threats against him. "The internal competition in these kind of multinationals is murderous, and Belgium has a clear downside: high wage costs," Van den Heuvel said. Throughout his national political career, Van den Heuvel has been known as a business-friendly politician. "I've received some occasional criticism that we're too willing to give in to Pfizer's needs," said Van den Heuvel.
Covid live updates: Hospitalizations in U.S. continue to set new records
       
Monday was another record-setting day inside U.S. hospitals, which reported more coronavirus inpatients than at any other time in the pandemic — continuing an ominous, nearly month-long streak of fast-rising numbers. Facilities across the country reported at least 85,700 people hospitalized with covid-19, according to data compiled and analyzed by The Washington Post. Concurrent increases in the numbers of coronavirus patients in intensive care units and on ventilators show that the most serious cases are also climbing at a dangerous clip. The crisis is most acute in the Plains states and the Upper Midwest, where on-the-ground accounts and the data tell a dire story. The Dakotas, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Montana lead the nation in people hospitalized per capita, according to The Post’s analysis.
What Biden can learn from the FDR-Truman transition - The Washington Post
       
Like Truman, Joe Biden enters the White House facing a world in crisis. Unlike his predecessor, who surrounded himself with former caddies and ideological cranks, Biden should see to it that his administration is run by the best and the brightest minds the United States has to offer. Biden should also follow the example of the “Man from Missouri” by striving to conduct a bipartisan foreign policy. ADADLike Joe Biden, Harry Truman spent much of his career in Washington being underestimated by elitists. Following Truman’s eight years in the White House, he returned to Independence, Mo., with the lowest approval rating of any president.
Sofia Wylie Teases 'High School Musical' Holiday Special With A Christmas Classic
       
The 16-year-old star of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” gave HuffPost a sneak peek at her performance from the show’s forthcoming holiday special via the above clip. I think it will allow people to take a break and have a smile because this year has definitely been a lot.”Disney+ Sofia Wylie in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special,” airing Dec. 11 on the Disney+ streaming service. Debuting on the Disney+ streaming service next month, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special” is a celebratory affair, featuring 11 Christmas classics and two original songs performed by Wylie and her castmates. By comparison, the 45-minute holiday special is comprised of musical segments featuring one or two cast members and shot with a minimal crew. Leon Bennett via Getty Images "I hope I can do justice for anyone out there who feels represented by me, not just young girls," Wylie told HuffPost.
‘An old playbook’: Trump, GOP double down on efforts to disenfranchise minority voters
       
Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to file their phony lawsuits to overturn Biden’s clear election victory. Their strategy: disenfranchise Black voters.
Top Chef’s Colicchio: Restaurants facing ‘extinction event’ without relief
       
“I’m doing in New York about 30 percent of the business I usually do. I can’t cut it on that,” says Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio discussing the state of the restaurant industry without Covid-19 relief. “We’re looking at an extinction event.”
Opinion | Trump Contrives His Stab-in-the-Back Myth
       
It translates as “stab-in-the-back myth” and was a key element in the revival of German militarism in the Weimar years. Donald Trump and his legal team are now contriving their own Dolchstosslegende. That’s true even as Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the election seems to descend from fantasy to farce. The point of the farce is farce. It is to make an obscene joke of the Biden administration and our constitutional system of government.
Opinion | Trump Wars II: The Loser Strikes Back
       
We’ve known since the 19th century that such agencies can and should lend to cash-starved players during a financial panic, stopping the death spiral. Back in 2012 there was a runaway financial crisis in much of southern Europe. Countries like Spain saw their ability to borrow collapse and the interest rates on their debt soar. For a few weeks in March and April, as investors panicked over the pandemic, America teetered on the edge of a major financial crisis. But the Fed, backstopped by the Treasury, stepped up with new programs offering to buy assets like corporate bonds and municipal debt.
Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden
       
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s government on Monday authorized President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. to begin a formal transition process after Michigan certified Mr. Biden as its winner, a strong sign that the president’s last-ditch bid to overturn the results of the election was coming to an end. Mr. Trump did not concede, and vowed to persist with efforts to change the vote, which have so far proved fruitless. But the president said on Twitter on Monday night that he accepted the decision by Emily W. Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, to allow a transition to proceed. In his tweet, Mr. Trump said that he had told his officials to begin “initial protocols” involving the handoff to Mr. Biden “in the best interest of our country,” though his announcement followed weeks of trying to subvert a free and fair election with false claims of fraud. Ms. Murphy’s designation of Mr. Biden as the apparent victor provides the incoming administration with federal funds and resources and clears the way for the president-elect’s advisers to coordinate with Trump administration officials.
Opinion | Covid-19 Data Is a Mess. We Need a Way to Make Sense of It.
       
And yet there is still no federal standard to ensure testing results are being uniformly reported. Without uniform results, it is impossible to track cases accurately or respond effectively. The metric tells us whether we are testing enough or if the transmission of the virus is outpacing our efforts to slow it. But to interpret these results properly, we need a national standard for how these results are reported publicly by each state. was found in May to be reporting states’ results in a way that presented a misleading picture of the pandemic.)
Biden’s nominees have pushed policies that Trump used to fuel his rise
       
Jake Sullivan, who was national security adviser to Vice President Biden, will now become national security adviser to President Biden. Biden’s picks are all known quantities whose nominations signal a return to a more predictable era of American policy. Trump blamed both his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, and Biden for destroying manufacturing jobs with the NAFTA trade deal. AD“By every key metric, China’s position is stronger, and ours is weaker, as a result of President Trump’s leadership. Shannon said the world has changed dramatically — not just since Trump won the 2016 election but since 2008, when Obama won.
Women are saddled with emotional labor over the holidays. Here’s how to use this year to reset.
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidelines Thursday urging Americans not to travel or gather with people outside their household. For many, this means their normal holiday traditions and expectations have been completely upended. But for some, like Samantha, there’s a upside to that disruption. “It’s really nice to have an excuse not to go through all that,” Samantha says. “We’ll miss seeing our families, but this is going to be the most relaxed holiday I’ve had in ages.
Looming end to student loan payment moratorium raises fears among defaulted borrowers
       
Hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers, including Barber, stand to have their wages garnished just as a resurgence of the coronavirus threatens to create further economic disruptions. ADThe Education Department has said the matter is largely out of its hands because of the way the collection apparatus functions. But some say the Education Department failed to promptly mail notices to companies. ADADIn an attempt to shut down the collection system, the Education Department at the end of October closed the post office box where employers are sending payments. If an employer continues to garnish a borrower’s wages, the Education Department will refund the money it receives.
This is Trump's reaction to Biden transition formally beginning
       
CNN's Jim Acosta reports that President Trump tweeted about the GSA informing President-elect Joe Biden expressing openness to the transition period going forward.
Report of a 'souring' relationship between Trump and Giuliani
       
CNN's Erin Burnett discusses Rudy Giuliani's failed efforts to challenge final election results in courts and reports of a "souring" relationship between him and the President.
28 migrant children and their parents face deportation after refusing to be separated
       
WASHINGTON — Twenty-eight migrant children and their parents are now facing deportation after the parents and children refused to be separated in detention and then lost an appeal in federal court for the right to claim asylum in the U.S., according to lawyers representing the families. During the summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave the parents the choice between keeping their children with them in detention centers where the risk of contracting Covid-19 was rising or releasing their children from detention without them. All chose to stay in detention with their children, even as the time in detention for many of them stretched past 400 days. In July, a federal judge ruled the children should be released from the centers, potentially triggering separations, but later that order was deemed "unenforceable." Their letter featured the stories of some of the children facing detention.
Wisconsin Lawyer For Trump Campaign Takes Action To Throw Out Own Ballot: Report
       
Attorney Jim Troupis, a former Dane County judge, voted early and in person, which is one of a number of classes of votes Troupis and the Trump campaign have argued is illegal. Trump demanded a recount in the state’s two most heavily Democratic counties: Dane, which includes Madison, and Milwaukee County. In-person early ballots were tabulated as part of a recount in 2016 when Trump won the state by some 23,000 votes. Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,600 votes. All votes Troupis challenged are being recounted.
Colorado can order hospitals to transfer or stop seeing more patients
       
SEE NEW POSTSColorado can order hospitals to transfer or stop seeing more patients Colorado's governor on Monday signed an executive order that allows the state health department to order hospitals to stop admitting patients or transfer patients to other facilities. The executive order granting the authorization to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment lasts for 30 days. The order says that given the rise in Covid-19 cases, the number of people seeking treatment may far exceed capacity and hospitals may need to transfer patients. NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver reports that it gives the state department flexibility and that hospitals in the state have already shown a willingness to transfer patients from one that is overburdened to another facility. Robert Rocha, 60, a 29-year-veteran of the department, died early Saturday morning.
Biden’s choice for secretary of Defense still in flux
       
He would be the first Black Defense secretary in an administration that has promised a diverse Cabinet. The Biden transition team declined to comment. The selection on Monday of Tony Blinken as Biden’s secretary of State could further cloud her prospects. The think tank she co-founded, the Center for a New American Security, also relies heavily on funding from defense contractors. "In its short tenure, this is already shaping up as a deliberate and careful transition team.
Loeffler has second consecutive negative test, will return to trail, campaign says
       
SEE NEW POSTSLoeffler has second consecutive negative test, will return to trail, campaign says U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, has tested negative for Covid-19 after a second PCR test, her campaign said Monday. Monday night Loeffler "received her second consecutive negative PCR test result," campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement. "She looks forward to getting back out on the campaign trail," the statement says. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale had been issued a citation from Broward County officials and a warning from Fort Lauderdale officials on Saturday afternoon after they were found to be in violation of the county’s Covid-19 safety guidance, a city of Fort Lauderdale spokesperson, Mike Jachles, told NBC News. Patrons crowd around the bar at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, in a photo verified by local officials, which announced on Sunday it would be temporarily shutting down.
L.A. mayor warns city could be out of hospital beds by Christmas
       
There have been more than 202,000 cases of Covid-19 in Colorado, with more than 2,400 deaths, according to state data. The Wharf Fort Lauderdale had been issued a citation from Broward County officials and a warning from Fort Lauderdale officials on Saturday afternoon after they were found to be in violation of the county’s Covid-19 safety guidance, a city of Fort Lauderdale spokesperson, Mike Jachles, told NBC News. Photos and videos posted on social media show dozens of patrons without masks crowding around the bar at the Wharf Fort Lauderdale, which shut down in mid-March at the height of the pandemic. Patrons crowd around the bar at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, in a photo verified by local officials, which announced on Sunday it would be temporarily shutting down. via Twitter “Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will temporarily be shutting down,” the Wharf Fort Lauderdale said in a statement on its Twitter account.
All-Black officiating crew makes NFL history
       
TAMPA, Fla. — An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. The members of the crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls. They’re great officials. The first Black official in any major sport was Burl Toler, hired by the NFL in 1965.
AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Easy and Cheap to Produce, Appears Effective
       
British and European Union regulators have been conducting so-called rolling reviews of the vaccine, which could hasten the authorization process. In the meantime, AstraZeneca said, it will share its latest British and Brazilian trial data with the F.D.A. had envisioned 3,000 participants to base a decision,” said Dr. Eric Topol, a clinical trial expert at Scripps Research in San Diego. The AstraZeneca vaccine is different. It uses a weakened version of a chimpanzee adenovirus as a delivery vehicle to ferry coronavirus genes into human cells.
Cuomo Invited His Mother for Thanksgiving. New Yorkers Noticed.
       
ALBANY, N.Y. — For days, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been preaching a message of sacrifice during the holidays, warning New Yorkers that Thanksgiving gatherings could be dangerous as virus cases spike across the nation, and beseeching them to reconsider their plans to help stem the rising tide. So it was surprising when Mr. Cuomo announced on Monday afternoon that he had invited his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, and two of his daughters to celebrate a very Cuomo Thanksgiving with him this week in Albany. The news of the family dinner came during a radio interview in an offhand answer to a question about the upcoming holiday. “My mom is going to come up and two of my girls,” the governor said on WAMC, adding, “The plans change.
In Canada, a Push to Keep Schools Open in Second Lockdown
       
Restaurants and bars — including the outdoor seating where hardy souls had braved meals under heat lamps — were banned. Gyms, pools, even the beloved hockey arenas were closed in the strictest shutdown Toronto has confronted since the pandemic’s first wave last spring. Facing a resurgence of coronavirus infections in Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America retreated back into lockdown on Monday, along with two booming suburbs. But in contrast to New York and other big American cities, officials are finding it more beneficial to keep schools open. “We cannot put in-class learning at risk,” Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, who is ordinarily an advocate for business, said last Friday when announcing the closures.
U.S. women’s national soccer team reassembles near the end of ‘a crazy year’
       
“It’s been, obviously, a crazy year,” midfielder Sam Mewis said Monday. The U.S. team is tentatively scheduled to conduct training camp in January and host the sixth annual SheBelieves Cup in late February or early March. While their departures were a setback to the NWSL, whose popularity hinges largely on U.S. national team players, it could end up benefiting the national team. Who knows what the future brings?”ADThe Dutch camp will reunite her with her older sister, Kristie, a Houston Dash midfielder who has regained national team status since Andonovski’s hiring last year. The Dutch camp will end a fractured year, one that limited the NWSL to a summer tournament in Utah and a fall series.
Opinion | Trump came in promising so much winning. He’s going out with so much whining.
       
Trump is losing his autocratic attempt to get state Republican officials to throw out the election results and instead appoint pro-Trump electors. Michigan Republican legislators summoned by Trump to the White House Friday poured cold water on the idea. We say, “Please, Mr. President, you can’t lose anymore.” And he says, “I’m sorry, but I’m going to keep losing, losing, losing.”What kind of a loser does this? ADADAs Trump departed from a rare public event Friday without taking questions, CBS News’s Weijia Jiang shouted after him: “Mr. President, are you being a sore loser?”He came in promising so much winning, but he’s leaving with so much whining.
The coming sea change in American foreign policy
       
Projecting the likelihood of the Joe Biden administration conducting a successful foreign policy is an important question. This is particularly true on foreign policy. He is genuinely interested and knowledgeable about foreign policy. This was also why so many Trump subordinates clashed with each other and with the president on foreign policy matters. All of Biden’s foreign policy picks go back a long way with each other and with Biden.
L.A. Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Live updates and score
       
Two NFC contenders square off in Tampa when the Buccaneers host the Rams on “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. Tailback Ronald Jones had a 98-yard touchdown run against the Panthers on his way to a 192-yard rushing performance. Things should be far tougher against the Rams, who lead the league in total defense. They’re ranked just ahead of the Indianapolis Colts in that category, while the Bucs are third. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is tied for third in the NFL with his nine sacks, only a half-sack off the league lead.
Families like this one were torn apart at the border. The U.S. still hasn’t made things right.
       
Families like this one were torn apart at the border. “I won’t be calm or quiet until those parents can smile with their children,” Leticia says. Several months after returning to Guatemala, Leticia began getting calls from strangers: lawyers, nonprofits or other volunteers trying to locate deported parents. Then, deported parents are offered the unbearable choice between having their children deported to unsafe conditions, or remaining apart. Even those already in the States — including families whose deportations a court temporarily blocked in 2018 — are not secure.
Opinion | Want to understand Biden voters? Here’s your reading list.
       
I’m talking about the opaque and inscrutable Joe Biden voter, of course. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” and subject “the Biden voter” to the same kind of microscopic scrutiny. Venture out of your bubble, Trump supporters, and try to understand how most of America thinks. Biden lost overall among White voters, but his big gains among college-educated Whites who live in the prosperous suburbs of major cities nationwide may have been decisive. ADADIt turns out “the Biden voter” isn’t so mysterious and unknowable after all.
Coronavirus vaccines face trust gap in Black and Latino communities, study finds
       
Perhaps its most sobering findings: 14 percent of Black people trust that a vaccine will be safe, and 18 percent trust that it will be effective in shielding them from the coronavirus. But after them will probably be other essential workers, many of whom come from Black, Latino and Asian communities. For many Black people, the lack of trust in the coronavirus vaccine is rooted in history, some experts said. The same group that sponsored the study also announced a partnership Monday with the Ad Council to combat vaccine hesitancy in communities of color. He was one of several leading Black medical experts who have united to form the Black Coalition Against COVID-19 and held a news conference last week.
Biden picks Alejandro Mayorkas, a son of Jewish Cuban refugees, to lead the Department of Homeland Security
       
The son of Cuban Jews who fled Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution, Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and first Hispanic American to lead DHS if the GOP-controlled Senate confirms him. Mayorkas’s first public statement after the announcement was an indication that immigration, for him, is deeply personal. “When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas wrote in a tweet. DHS went through a period of unprecedented turmoil under Trump, with five different leaders, only two of whom were Senate-confirmed. Mayorkas also presided over the Obama administration’s rollout of the DACA program, which granted work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Who Joe Biden is picking to fill his White House and Cabinet
       
One of President-elect Joe Biden’s very first tasks will be filling the top positions in his White House and Cabinet. In contrast to President Trump’s notably White and male Cabinet, Biden has promised to be “a president for all Americans” and build a Cabinet that reflects its diversity. In making his selections Biden is looking to appease factions of the Democratic Party from moderates to progressives and longtime allies to newer faces. Cabinet positions — with the exception of the vice president and White House chief of staff — will also require approval from a Republican Senate, unless Democrats can win two Senate race runoffs in early January. We’re tracking the people who Biden has already named and the top contenders for unfilled roles.
Biden’s pick for treasury secretary will be Janet Yellen
       
Yellen would oversee the Treasury Department at one of the most perilous moments for the American economy in decades. have signaled to Biden’s team that they could accept Yellen as treasury secretary, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of private conversations. The left made it clear that they preferred Warren or former Obama administration official Sarah Bloom Raskin, who is seen as more liberal than Yellen, for treasury secretary. But people close to Biden’s team have said for months that Warren had little chance of securing the treasury secretary position. The incoming treasury secretary will work closely with Powell on the country’s ongoing economic response to the covid-19 crisis.
Biden names John Kerry as presidential climate envoy
       
Kerry “will fight climate change full-time as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” according to a statement Monday by Biden’s transition team. “This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” the statement said. ADADBut a decade of rising global temperatures and more frequent wildfires and storms has made slowing climate change more imperative than ever. “One thing is clear: he really does care about stopping climate change,” Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the youth-led Sunrise Movement who served alongside Kerry on the climate task force earlier this year, tweeted Monday. An encouraging move from the Biden team.”
Biden to nominate Avril Haines as next director of national intelligence; she would be the first woman to hold the position
       
Haines is set to rejoin colleagues from the Obama administration whom Biden plans to name to other top posts. In 2015, she replaced Antony J. Blinken as the deputy national security adviser at the White House, when he became the No. Haines was among a handful of White House officials to learn from Brennan of the early intelligence reports about Russian interference in the 2016 election. While she was at the White House, the administration concluded a nuclear deal with Iran and grappled with Chinese economic espionage as well as Russian interference. James R. Clapper Jr., the longest-serving DNI, worked closely with Haines while she was at the CIA and at the White House.
Biden names diplomatic chiefs, aiming to convey momentum and avoid fights
       
The team announced Monday suggests that Biden has decided for now to avoid choices that would trigger heated political fights. Republican senators had signaled they would strongly oppose former national security adviser Susan E. Rice as secretary of state, for example, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. Blinken was then national security adviser in Biden’s vice-presidential office and also worked as deputy secretary of state, helping craft the Obama administration’s Syria policy. AD“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” he wrote on Twitter. He was a senior policy adviser to Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, and was widely expected to be her national security adviser had she won.
Smaller turkeys in demand as families downsize for Thanksgiving
       
As many Americans cancel Thanksgiving gatherings, grocery stores are offering smaller holiday packaged meals and shoppers are seeking out smaller turkeys for their tables.
Princess Diana’s brother speaks out about portrayal in ‘The Crown’
       
Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, says the Netflix series is not a “history lesson” for viewers and that he didn’t allow filming at Diana’s childhood home.
School turns to weekly Covid testing to stay open
       
In Watertown, Massachusetts, school officials hope weekly testing — plus air purifiers, hybrid schedules and masks — will keep everyone safe. Some epidemiologists say keeping schools open and closing down other things is best for community health.
Feinstein says she's stepping down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee
       
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in the new session of Congress beginning early 2021, marking a victory for progressives who pressured her to step aside. “After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” the California Democrat said in a statement. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I've participated in,” Feinstein told Graham in the committee room. “For the last four years, Republicans leading the Senate Judiciary Committee have turned a blind eye to the worst abuses of the Trump era,” Durbin said in a statement. “While President Trump assaulted the Constitution, the Judiciary Committee abdicated its oversight responsibilities and became little more than a conveyor belt to rubberstamp ideological and largely underqualified judicial nominees.
John Cleese Sparks Outrage After Tweeting He's 'Not That Interested In Trans Folks'
       
John Cleese angered fans over the weekend with a series of tweets defending “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s controversial views on transgender people. In September, the “Monty Python” actor and comedian signed an open letter in solidarity with Rowling, who has repeatedlymadeheadlines this year after implying on social media ? and in a lengthy essay ? that the idea of gender identity invalidates her experience as a cisgender woman. Cleese, who played Nearly Headless Nick in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” was asked about his support for the author on Twitter Sunday. He responded, “I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks,” before adding glibly, “I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly.”He went on to list a series of other topics he was “more [focused] on.”
Dem divide over Confederate bases threatens massive defense bill
       
Warren and 36 Senate Democrats urged negotiators to keep the provisions in the final bill in a letter earlier this month. With the two parties deadlocked over policing reform, the renaming of Confederate bases could be the most substantial language on justice for Black Americans signed into law this year. The Senate bill would give the Pentagon three years to rename the bases. But even after House and Senate Republicans largely agreed to the renaming of Confederate bases this summer, there have been some new complications. He chided top Senate Republicans, who have indicated they won't approve a bill Trump will veto, for giving the president cover on the issue.
Bloomberg backs former Miami mayor Diaz to lead Florida Democrats
       
Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz speaks as he introduces former Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. | Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Bloomberg backs former Miami mayor Diaz to lead Florida DemocratsFormer Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who earned a reputation as a turnaround artist in his home city, is campaigning for an even tougher job: leading the foundering Florida Democratic Party. “No one is better suited for Florida Democratic Party chair than Manny Diaz,” Bloomberg said in a written statement to POLITICO. State Democrats were so hard up for money this year that the party sought aid from a government-backed program for small businesses. “The chair needs to be someone who represents the most loyal base for democrats: Black people.”
Twitter Users Mock GSA Boss Emily Murphy's Letter To Joe Biden
       
Emily Murphy, the once-obscure administrator of the General Services Administration, finally signed off on authorizing the transition process between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden on Monday. That means millions of dollars in funds can be released to help set things up for the new administration and provide briefings on an array of domestic and international matters..Murphy, a Trump appointee, has been the target of scathing and intensifying criticism for delaying her needed approval of the transition process even after it became clear less than a week after the Nov. 3 election that Biden had won. Trump and his allies have pursued baseless and futile challenges to the outcome ? both in the courts and rhetorically ? prompting speculation that Murphy was doing the president’s bidding. In her Monday announcement to Biden via a letter that the transition would begin, Murphy insisted the Trump administration didn’t pressure her to delay the process:
The secretive consulting firm that’s become Biden’s Cabinet in waiting
       
And one of its former principals, Avril Haines, is Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence. Meanwhile, Jen Psaki, a former White House communications director under President Barack Obama who went on to work for WestExec, is now advising Biden’s transition team. And two other former WestExec hands, Lisa Monaco and Julianne Smith, are considered potential Biden administration hires. (Biden’s appointees will have to disclose their most recent clients once they go into government, but not older ones.) Work, the former deputy Defense secretary who briefed Biden last week, makes no secret of his ties to the president-elect and his most trusted advisers.
Dr. Kavita Patel on holiday travel: 'It's about helping health care workers'
       
Dr. Kavita Patel notes the sacrifices of health care workers during the pandemic, saying that 2,000 of them have died during the pandemic: ‘It’s not about you, it’s about health care workers.’
Eli Stokols: There is ‘no bottom to Donald Trump’s pettiness and petulance’
       
Los Angeles Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols criticizes Trump’s latest foreign policy actions, and argues that the president’s rash decisions could permanently damage our national security
Breaking: Trump folds on Biden transition, Stacey Abrams says 'it's about time'
       
Trump and his administration backed off attempts to delay parts of the Biden transition on Monday, as the GSA cleared the way for Pres-Elect Biden to cooperate with the outgoing administration. MSNBC’s Ari Melber asks prominent Biden supporter Stacey Abrams for her reaction as the news broke during their interview, and the two discussed the Senate runoff races in Georgia, Abrams’ voter mobilization efforts and other topics.
Kentucky teenage cancer survivor dies from Covid-19
       
SEE NEW POSTSKentucky teenage cancer survivor dies from Covid-19 A 15-year-old cancer survivor died from Covid-19 after contracting the virus in October, Kentucky officials said. Share this -2 members of Kansas City fire department die from Covid-19 Two members of the Kansas City Fire Department died over the weekend from Covid-19, officials said. But that isn't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities, including holiday parties, which kicked off Monday with the arrival of the White House Christmas tree. Grisham said the White House would be taking precautions to provide "the safest environment possible” for attendees at events. That includes smaller guest lists, requiring masks, encouraging social distancing on the White House grounds and hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the State Floor.
Kentucky teenage cancer survivor dies from Covid-19
       
A 15-year-old cancer survivor died from Covid-19 after contracting the virus in October, Kentucky officials said. Alexa Rose Veit, 15, died from Covid-19 on November 15. Her mother’s symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, while Veit’s symptoms remained mild, Holder said. Her older sister, who had recently recovered from Covid-19, accompanied her as their mother was still hospitalized. Veit was the first school-aged child to die from Covid-19 in the state, according to Holder.
Covid exposure sidelines 1,000 Cleveland Clinic staff members
       
Photos and videos posted on social media show dozens of patrons without masks crowding around the bar at the Wharf Fort Lauderdale, which shut down in mid-March at the height of the pandemic. Patrons crowd around the bar at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, in a photo verified by local officials, which announced on Sunday it would be temporarily shutting down. via Twitter “Unfortunately, due to the statewide spike in cases and local regulations, we will temporarily be shutting down,” the Wharf Fort Lauderdale said in a statement on its Twitter account. Share this -2 members of Kansas City fire department die from Covid-19 Two members of the Kansas City Fire Department died over the weekend from Covid-19, officials said. Robert Rocha, 60, a 29-year-veteran of the department, died early Saturday morning.
Four fishermen missing after boat sinks off Massachusetts coast
       
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for four fishermen after the boat they were in is thought to have sunk early Monday. The four people were reported aboard the Emmy Rose, an 82-foot fishing boat, and the search is around 20 miles northeast of Provincetown, the Coast Guard said in a statement. pic.twitter.com/IqLk7Iri6n — USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) November 23, 2020The search for the fishermen is ongoing, the Coast Guard said, with a helicopter and a plane as well as boats. The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous will remain on scene through the night, the guard said. The Coast Guard has not identified the missing fishermen.
Family pleads for safe return of Dallas businessman Alan White who's been missing since October
       
As many families gather for Thanksgiving this week, the loved ones of Dallas businessman Alan White say it won’t be the same without him as the holiday marks five weeks since he went missing. “We should all be together right now,” Alan's younger brother, Tim White, told Dateline. James Alan White, 55, has been missing since October 22, 2020. Rusty told KXAS-TV that Alan had a work call at 7 a.m., so when he didn’t return home for it, Rusty began to panic. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Alan White, please call the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-4268 or email missingpersons@dpd.dallascityhall.com.
Dr. Gupta: Traveling for Thanksgiving could pose the ‘deepest consequence’ of all
       
MSNBC public health contributor Dr. Vin Gupta urges viewers not to travel for Thanksgiving. He says it is ‘not worth the risk’, and gives advice on how to have a safe and socially distanced holiday
GSA says Biden transition can formally begin
       
In a letter from GSA Administration Emily Murphy, The Trump administration has authorized resources and services to be made available to Joe Biden for the presidential transition.
Hackers said they could steal a Tesla Model X in minutes. Tesla pushed out a fix.
       
ADThe researchers, who informed the company of their findings on Aug. 17, said Tesla is rolling out an update intended to address the issue. An over-the-air software update is being pushed to the key fobs, they said, which will better lock them down. “This system was developed in-house by Tesla, so this exact vulnerability most likely only applies to the Tesla Model X,” he wrote. ADEquipment to break into the car included a $35 Raspberry Pi computer, a modified key fob and a salvaged Tesla Model X control unit bought off eBay. They noted that the software in Tesla’s key fobs could be updated without an additional layer of security that would verify its authenticity.
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama file to hold unionization vote
       
A website created by the union encourages Bessemer warehouse workers to join the organizing drive to secure not just better pay, but also improved safety standards. The effort did win immediate support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.“All workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions, which is why I stand with the Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama exercising their constitutional right to form a union,” Sanders tweeted. Bezos, the wealthiest person in America, must not interfere in this election.”The Bessemer warehouse is among the newer Amazon facilities. And it’s particularly notable that the effort is in Alabama, a state that is seen as hostile to organized labor, Givan said. Some of Amazon’s technical workers have offered support for their warehouse co-workers, including top software engineer and vice president Tim Bray, who quit Amazon in May to protest the company’s firing of warehouse workers, as well as climate activists.
Will covid-19 make this the Turkey Day without political fights?
       
And with post-election division fueled by delusion and demagoguery, this Turkey Day was poised to be a bloodbath. This covid-19 shutdown is the small respite that everyone needed, the pass that is going to prevent an entire subcategory of familial angst in 2020. “The way things are going, I don’t think opposing political party family members should gain access to carving knives under the same roof.”ADBut no. AD“But if you and your family have political differences but agree about social distancing and have a Thanksgiving over Zoom, that can help,” she said. I spent years working Thanksgiving as a police reporter before I got the day off — I understand how lonely it can feel.
After D.C. firefighter shot and wounded on the job, department expresses frustration at violence in city
       
The firefighter was hit in his lower right leg and was treated and released from a hospital. ADOfficials said the incident, which comes amid a rise in gun violence in the District, has angered and frustrated firefighters. One bullet struck a parked Jeep Cherokee and a Mercedes-Benz being driven on South Capitol Street. Donnelly said he has heard from many firefighters who work in the Bellevue and neighboring Congress Heights communities. “They are frustrated by the level of violence, and they’re just fed up.”
Video shows man wrestling puppy from alligator’s jaws without dropping his cigar
       
ADADWilbanks can be seen thrashing around in the pond while straining to free the whimpering puppy from the alligator’s clutches. Wilbanks told CNN his hands were bloodied and “chewed up” after his battle with the alligator, although the puppy — and the cigar — remained in one piece. Following the incident, which took place in late October, the Florida Wildlife Federation urged locals to stay alert in order to avoid potential clashes in the future. American Alligators are often found lurking in ponds, rivers and swamps in Florida and have notoriously powerful jaws that clamp down heavily on their prey. The lucky puppy, who Wilbanks said is “just like family,” has since been spotted in TV interviews bopping around in a pink harness and licking his owner’s face.
Planning on Thanksgiving holiday travel? Many in the D.C. area are staying put.
       
ADAbout 83 percent of D.C. residents said they planned to stay home this Thanksgiving holiday. When asked why they had decided not to travel, 65 percent cited the coronavirus pandemic. A similar number of Virginia residents, 84 percent, said they would be staying put. It’s a significant shift from previous years, when the Thanksgiving exodus would begin a week earlier as people plotted how to avoid the inevitable crush of holiday traffic. ADADThis will be the first Thanksgiving in more than a decade that fewer people plan to travel for the holiday when compared with the previous year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Opinion | Money didn’t buy love in the 2020 election
       
As of mid-October, Democrats and affiliated groups had spent $6.9­­ billion, compared with $3.8 billion for the Republican side. Still, it’s instructive that money did not buy love within their own ranks, either. “But I don’t think he has the right to buy this election.”ADADWhat Sanders should have said was: A fool and his money are soon parted. Bloomberg spent more than $1 billion of his $55 billion personal fortune and achieved nothing, except, perhaps, to dent his political legacy. A certain amount of money assures political competitiveness; beyond that, however, funds may simply line the pockets of consultants and media companies, or even turn counterproductive.
Opinion | While the U.S. deals with Trump’s attacks on democracy, the E.U. faces a threat of its own
       
But if the blackmail by Hungary and Poland succeeds, Europe’s commitment to democracy will be fatally compromised. Hungary receives E.U. The two are due to receive $213 billion in funding from the new seven-year budget and accompanying coronavirus recovery fund. ADADThat should give European states, led by Germany, the leverage to push through the provision in the new budget. Pro-democracy forces appear to be turning back Mr. Trump’s attack on U.S. democracy; the Europeans must now follow suit.
‘We’re in the foxhole together’: House Democrats reckon with a diminished majority
       
Come January, Hoyer and senior Democratic leaders might need a lot more than the power of positive thinking. Facing the tightest House majority in at least two decades, they are already sketching out ways to manage a legislature that will spend two years on a razor’s edge. Unchastened by Biden’s victory given the GOP House gains, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and other Republican leaders have already signaled they plan to use various procedural feints to frustrate Democrats and sow internal division. Hoyer said he has already taken steps to make the Democrats’ shrunken majority more manageable. AD“Every day you’re in session is fraught with peril,” said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), a former senior GOP whip, describing the volatile circumstances House Democrats face.
Undefeated Steelers, Winless Jets and Updated Playoff Look After Week 11
       
New Orleans Saints (8-2)The Saints lost Drew Brees and yet are now alone atop the conference totem pole thanks to a dominant defensive performance in Week 11. They've now won six consecutive games without Brees the last two seasons, they own the tiebreaker over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the schedule is pretty light the rest of the way. Green Bay Packers (7-3)They've now lost three of six, and there are obvious issues with turnovers, run defense and special teams. But they still have a large edge in the NFC North and a win over the Saints under their belt. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)Right now, that team is Tampa Bay.
Duke's Season Opener Postponed After Gardner-Webb Has Positive COVID-19 Test
       
Gerry Broome/Associated PressThe Duke men's basketball team announced Monday that its season opener against Gardner-Webb has been postponed after the Bulldogs registered a positive COVID-19 test within their program. The Blue Devils will instead start their season at home against Coppin State on Saturday at 2 p.m. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been a proponent of only holding a league schedule amid the pandemic. He's also expressed the opinion that the NCAA should consider pushing back the start of the season. For now, however, the bigger concern remains how to keep players and staff safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
China launches historic space flight to the moon
       
China could become the first country in four decades to bring material back from the moon’s surface after launching an historic lunar mission. Chang’e 5 rocket, named after the Chinese moon goddess, launched from Hainan island off the country’s south coast.
Many Americans traveling for Thanksgiving despite CDC warning
       
Packed airports are anticipating the busiest week since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Some airlines added flights to meet increased demand.
Trump's FCC nominee sought to enlist Fox's Laura Ingraham in anti-tech fight
       
Fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson publicly backed Simington's FCC nomination in an October segment where he pressured Senate Republicans to speed up. | Mark J. Terrill, File/AP PhotoPossible trouble for Simington: The FCC nominee's quest for a lame-duck confirmation has already faced an uncertain future. Simongton's current agency, the NTIA, petitioned the FCC in July to act on Trump's request to trim the liability shield. plans to hold a vote on Simington’s nomination after Thanksgiving, a committee aide said Monday, requesting anonymity to speak frankly. Multiple other Senate Republicans, including Commerce member Rick Scott (R-Fla.), are quarantining due to the coronavirus, adding to the uncertainties.
Suicide 'Near Misses' Are On The Rise Among New Moms, Data Shows
       
Portra Images via Getty Images A new study suggests suicidal near misses may be on the rise among pregnant and postpartum women. Day blended into night and back into day,” Zivin wrote in a MedPage Today essay about her experience. And now she is co-author of an alarming new study that suggests suicide “near misses” during pregnancy and after childbirth, like her own, are on the rise. Currently, national statistics on the issue specifically exclude suicide, looking instead at other physical factors like infection, hemorrhage and embolisms. While the new study does not attempt to explain why there has been an apparent jump in suicidal near misses among expectant women and new moms, the authors have their own hypotheses.
Jon Meacham explains the way America can move on from Trump
       
Presidential historian Jon Meacham highlights the importance of collective responsibility and argues that the country needs to actively work to restore unity before Biden takes office
Health experts work to build trust in Covid vaccines
       
Robert Rocha, 60, a 29-year-veteran of the department, died early Saturday morning. But that isn't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities, including holiday parties, which kicked off Monday with the arrival of the White House Christmas tree. “It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations." Grisham said the White House would be taking precautions to provide "the safest environment possible” for attendees at events. That includes smaller guest lists, requiring masks, encouraging social distancing on the White House grounds and hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the State Floor.
Trump relents as administration begins Biden transition
       
Despite news outlets and numerous foreign dignitaries recognizing Biden as the winner earlier this month, the GSA stayed silent on the next occupant of the White House, limiting Biden in his preparations. Sen Mike Lee (R-Utah) last week called White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and told him he had questions about the GSA’s delay, according to a person familiar with the call. Trump has also refused to share with Biden the President’s Daily Briefing, despite calls from some Senate Republicans to do so. Regardless, Biden’s team didn’t waste time waiting for the official acknowledgment to make preparations for the White House. His transition team had met with former civil servants and other outside experts to better understand the agencies they’d be staffing, and he has been winnowing down candidates for various appointments.
Getting the old gang back together
       
Getting the old gang back together Presented by SoftBank GroupWelcome to POLITICO’s 2020 Transition Playbook, your guide to one of the most consequential transfers of power in American history. And President DONALD TRUMP and his aides are making last-minute moves designed to limit their successors’ room to maneuver. Or are they going to be creative — to have an America that’s more cooperative, less imperial?” More HERE. Are you in touch with Biden’s transition team? Pro ExclusiveGOING DEEP ON BIDEN’S NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM — POLITICO reporters read the tea leaves on what Biden’s first round of Cabinet announcements tell us about his future policies.
What the Yellen choice means for Biden and the economy
       
Perhaps most importantly, Yellen’s relationships with current Fed officials and knowledge of how the central bank can assist an economy still staggering from the coronavirus pandemic could prove critical to the incoming administration. POLITICO on Friday reported that multiple sources close to the Biden transition believed Yellen would be the pick. Yellen is also widely known in Washington as a charming and funny policy maker with good relationships in both political parties. “Janet Yellen was a historic, progressive choice for Fed Chair in 2013. If selected, she’ll be a historic, progressive choice for Treasury Secretary,” the left-leaning group Democracy for America tweeted.
Feinstein says she's stepping down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee
       
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in the new session of Congress beginning early 2021, marking a victory for progressives who pressured her to step aside. “After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” the California Democrat said in a statement. Feinstein, 87, said he intends to remain on the committee. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I've participated in,” Feinstein told Graham in the committee room. “Going forward, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee must be led by someone who will not wishfully cling to a bygone era of civility and decorum that Republicans abandoned long ago.”On Oct. 20, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said: “I’ve had a long and serious talk with Sen. Feinstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell quarantined in jail after exposure to Covid-19
       
Ghislaine Maxwell quarantined in jail after exposure to Covid-19Ghislaine Maxwell, jailed and awaiting trial on charges that she conspired with financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors, has been placed into Covid-19 quarantine after a staff member who works in her part of Brooklyn’s MDC detention facility tested positive for the virus. Maxwell has so far tested negative, prosecutors say. They said that Maxwell’s test was last Wednesday, Nov. 18, and she will be quarantined until Wednesday, Dec. 16. Maxwell was charged with six counts for acts committed between 1994 and 1997 and then allegedly lying to investigators in 2016. Four counts are related to allegedly helping transport minors for sexual activity and two for perjury, according to the criminal complaint.
Trump administration backs down, officially acknowledges Biden transition
       
The General Services Administration now says it will allow transition from Trump administration to that of President-elect Joe Biden. President Donald Trump issued a tweet instructing his team to begin the transition process.
‘I Was on My Sunset Walk When I Came Upon a Gorgeous Ballerina’
       
ImagePrima BallerinaDear Diary:I was on my sunset walk when I came upon a gorgeous ballerina in her mid-60s performing a barre routine at the water’s edge. I watched in awe, aware of how attuned, patient, and gloriously ravenous I was for honest, heartfelt, live performance. The woman’s grace evoked an exquisite romanticism, and she commanded attention as though she were a principal dancer on the Lincoln Center stage. “Your dancing was sensational and I wanted to say thank you,” I said. “You’re stunning and completely made my day.”
They Welcomed Dozens for Thanksgiving. Now What?
       
— Dr. Jan Sanders was the first Black pediatrician to have her own practice here. Her husband, Leo McWilliams, is an assistant dean in the University of Notre Dame engineering department and a “quadruple Domer,” a title bestowed on the rare graduate with four degrees from the school. But what’s truly impressive is the amount of food they cook for Thanksgiving. Ever since the sons were in elementary school, the couple have hosted Thanksgiving in their cozy two-story house on a cul-de-sac in this suburb of South Bend. The guest list has included almost every lonely Black freshman enrolled at Notre Dame, a school where only about 3 percent of the 8,600 or so undergraduates are African-American.
A Turkey to Dream About
       
Maneet Chauhan, the chef and author of the excellent cookbook “Chaat: Recipes From the Kitchens, Markets and Railways of India,” recently told me about the turkey she serves for Thanksgiving at her Nashville restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House. (In August, Priya Krishna wrote a profile of her for The Times.) It’s a turkey roulade, essentially, the meat rolled around a biryani then fried and served under the gravy she generally makes for chicken tikka masala. “I do not brine the turkey,” she said, “I marinate it.” She described the marinade: garlic and ginger and yogurt and papaya, which leaves the meat moist and silky and fragrant at once. I cannot stop thinking about that turkey.
Scatter Paper Leaves to Dress Up Your Table
       
This Thanksgiving, whether you’re hosting guests or sharing a meal via Zoom, it’s worth the effort to dress up your table to make the day feel different, special even. Fall leaves are an obvious and lovely decorative element but if yours have withered or blown away, create a few leaves of your own from accordion-folded paper. Sheets of newspaper, a budget- and earth-friendly material, are thin and therefore easy to fold, and the size will allow you to create oversize leaves. Scatter individual leaves down the center of a table or hot glue them to a ribbon to create a garland. After the holiday, fold the leaves closed and pack them up to use again next year.
Cabinet Picks, Michigan Vote, Vaccines: Your Monday Evening Briefing
       
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead to the Federal Reserve, as Treasury secretary. If confirmed, Ms. Yellen would also be the first woman to lead the Treasury in its 231-year history. As one of the most recognizable figures in Washington’s economic spheres, Ms. Yellen would most likely bring with her a preference for government help for struggling households and for slightly tighter financial regulation.
Workers call on Walmart, Amazon and other retailers to bring back hazard pay ahead of holiday rush
       
At least 131 grocery workers have died of covid-19, according to the workers groups, though the actual death toll is probably much higher. ADAD“America’s essential workers are facing a holiday season of unparalleled danger,” UFCW President Marc Perrone said during a call with reporters. But the average pay for front-line workers is up only $1.11 an hour, or 10 percent, since the pandemic began. Walmart employees got a 6 percent pay raise while company profits soared by 45 percent. Courtenay Brown, who works at an Amazon Fresh warehouse in Newark, says she fears getting sick during the pre-Thanksgiving rush.
Why the reported Israeli-Saudi-Pompeo meeting is such a big deal - The Washington Post
       
Even as Israel made peace with Egypt and Jordan, Saudi Arabia and its allies continued to consider peace with any Israeli government as unacceptable. The Iranian regime views both Israel and the Sunni gulf kingdoms as illegitimate and has worked tirelessly to bring them down. ADADIran’s attempt to bring Iraq fully under its sway particularly presents threats to the Saudis and the gulf kingdoms. It is crucial to Saudi and the gulf kingdoms’ security that Iranian forces be kept as far away as possible. For the gulf kingdoms, it meant they needed a firm, nuclear-armed ally whose commitment to opposing Iran was unquestioned.
Daniel Cordier, French Resistance hero, dies at 100
       
In 2018, Macron awarded Mr. Cordier the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, the highest level of that prestigious national order. Mr. Cordier was best-known as the personal secretary and right-hand man of legendary resistance leader Jean Moulin, who had served as first president of the National Council of the Resistance. ADADBased in the city of Lyon, Moulin was the senior on-the-ground resistance member appointed by de Gaulle from his exile headquarters in London. In his memoir, Mr. Cordier recalled a clandestine visit to Paris during the Nazi occupation. In the 1960s, Mr. Cordier adopted an orphaned teenager, Hervé Vilard, who had moved among foster homes after living on the streets of Paris.
'Jeopardy!' names Ken Jennings as its first interim host after death of Alex Trebek
       
host Alex Trebek earlier this month, the quiz show has now announced it will resume production, with a new interim host in the meantime. "Jeopardy!" announced Monday that Ken Jennings, who holds the all-time records for most consecutive games won at 74, will be the first interim guest host for the show, which plans on resuming production on November 30. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers," said "Jeopardy!" A long-term replacement host for Trebek has yet to be named, and Jennings is only the first of what will be a series of guest hosts, the show said.
'Saved By the Bell' stars on going back to Bayside
       
(CNN) The stars of "Saved by the Bell" are going back to school in a new version of the teen series coming to Peacock, and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren isn't mincing her words on how she feels about it. "This show has been a beloved show for so many years and to bring it back with this new cast and the OGs, this is a gift, for sure. The series focuses on the cultural clash between privileged Baysiders and a crop of new students from under-funded districts affected by a string of school shutdowns. (Governor Zack Morris is behind the closings.) Jessie, a counselor at the school, works in concert with the school principal (John Michael Higgins) and other faculty (like Mario Lopez's A.C. Slater, now a coach) to ease their transition.
Apple's global security chief and two members of Sheriff's office indicted for alleged bribery
       
(CNN Business) Apple's global head of security and two members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office have been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly requesting and offering bribes for concealed weapons licenses. The District Attorney's Office conducted a two-year investigation in which it found that Sung and Jensen "held up" the licenses, refusing to release them until they got something of value, the statement added. Bribe seekers should be reported to the District Attorney's Office, not rewarded with compliance," District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. Moyer allegedly offered to donate hundreds of Apple products to the sheriff's office in exchange for the concealed gun licenses. "The promised donation of 200 iPads worth close to $70,000 was scuttled at the eleventh hour just after August 2, 2019, when Sung and Moyer learned of the search warrant that the District Attorney's Office executed at the Sheriff's Office seizing all its CCW license records," the district attorney's office said in a statement.
New York City to open field hospital for first time since spring as Covid-19 cases spike
       
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo took his own constituents to task on Monday. But he's hopeful Staten Island residents are adjusting their behavior in the wake of this recent case surge. Here is the updated map for the Staten Island (Richmond County) cluster. pic.twitter.com/NU0sHQ0PDt — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020Swaths of Staten Island were classified as yellow and orange zones by New York Gov. Staten Island, though, is far from the only Empire State county struggling with a resurgence in the virus.
First lady Melania Trump receives White House Christmas tree
       
First lady Melania Trump received the official White House Christmas tree at the north portico. The Fraser fir is from West Virginia and was delivered via a horse-drawn carriage.
Michigan Certifies Results For Biden In Blow To Trump
       
Michigan’s board of canvassers certified the state’s election results on Monday, throwing another roadblock in President Donald Trump’s ongoing effort to challenge the results of the 2020 election. With the 3-0 vote, the board certified the official results for President-elect Joe Biden on Monday afternoon, delivering him the state’s 16 electoral votes. Each county Board of Elections was required to send its certified results by Monday to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, who will now certify the results herself. The Board of State Canvassers has historically unanimously voted to certify election results, according to the Washington Post. Nearly all of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to Pennsylvania’s election results have failed so far.
Dianne Feinstein Won't Seek Senate Judiciary Leadership After Backlash
       
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said Monday that she will not seek a leadership position in any of the chamber’s committees next year, including the coveted Senate Judiciary Committee where she currently serves as the ranking Democrat. “California is a huge state confronting two existential threats — wildfire and drought — that are only getting worse with climate change,” Feinstein wrote in a statement. “In the next Congress, I plan to increase my attention on those two crucial issues. I also believe that defeating COVID-19, combating climate change and protecting access to health care are critical national priorities that require even more concentration.”
San Francisco DA Charges Officer With Homicide In Historic First
       
In an historic first, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin charged former police officer Chris Samayoa with homicide over the 2017 fatal shooting of Keita O’Neil, who was Black. It was the first time the city had ever prosecuted a law enforcement officer for a killing while on duty, per Boudin. An internal affairs investigation is still open, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. Boudin said O’Neil’s family told him that the charges being brought against the officer who killed their loved one “gives them hope that justice may finally be served.”
Yellen brings long history of policymaking, bipartisan support to Treasury
       
If approved by the Senate, Yellen, 74, would be the first woman to hold the Cabinet-level position of secretary of the Treasury in the agency’s 100-year history. Yellen was the first woman to chair the Fed when she succeeded Ben Bernanke in 2014, after having served as vice chair since 2010. During her four-year tenure at the Fed, Yellen supported the economic recovery through accommodative monetary policy and backing low interest rates. Although new to the Treasury, the Brooklyn-born Yellen would, in many ways, be on familiar ground. Since stepping down as Fed chair in 2018, Yellen has worked as an economist at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Redlener: Trump’s denial of science has ‘poisoned’ this country
       
MSNBC public health analyst Dr. Irwin Redlener criticizes Trump for aiding the anti-science movement and warns that this ‘toxic messaging’ will exist well past his time in the White House
First Latino tapped to head DHS signals shift from Trump's hard-line immigration policies
       
Mayorkas will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the Department of Homeland Security, if confirmed by the Senate. This summer, the General Accounting Office found that Chad Wolf, acting secretary of DHS, was not legally qualified to hold his job. “Now I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Mayorkas became DHS deputy secretary in 2013, after Obama had revised his deportation policy and authorized DACA. Mayorkas went through the Senate confirmation process when he was nominated for DHS deputy secretary and also to head Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Georgia recount set to start Tuesday
       
Trump is legally entitled to request a recount, and county and state offices shoulder the cost. But Trump and his allies have also sought to push beyond the recount, demanding an audit of the signatures on mail ballot envelopes. In Georgia, mail ballot signatures are checked twice during the absentee process — when a voter initially requests a ballot, and on the outer envelope when the ballot is returned — but after that, the envelope is separated from the ballot to ensure secrecy of the vote. The recount will not examine those signatures on the ballot envelopes unless a court orders it or there is a specific investigatory reason to do so, Sherman said. And there's no specific evidence that anybody's brought to us that anybody has done anything wrong,” Sherman said at a Monday press conference.
Eddie Glaude says America’s illiberal tendencies show ‘when it comes to Black voters’
       
Chair of the Department of African American studies at Princeton University Eddie Glaude and PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor discuss the Trump Campaign’s fraud claims targeting hundreds of thousands of Black voters
Lawmakers demand Biden include Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders in Cabinet
       
Members of Congress are demanding Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet. Given Biden’s own vow to prioritize diversity in his administration, the lawmakers wrote that they’re holding him to his word. No Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates have been announced thus far aside from Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris. The lawmaker pointed out that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders showed up to the ballot box in record numbers this year. Together, the leaders released a statement under the coalition National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
Ken Jennings will be first interim 'Jeopardy!' host following death of Alex Trebek
       
“Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday. We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! Additional guest hosts to be announced. The show is in its 37th year of syndication and is still airing shows that Trebek filmed before his death. Jennings' episodes begin on Jan. 11.
White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home
       
WASHINGTON — The White House plans to hold indoor holiday receptions in the coming weeks despite ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks and the advice of public health professionals urging Americans to sacrifice their normal holiday gatherings to curb the spread of the virus. That follows a series of White House events in recent months that have been linked to a rash of outbreaks, including Trump’s own bout with the disease from late September into early October. A White House aide and four others have tested positive in recent days. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations.”Health professionals within the administration have advised against large indoor gatherings. “These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone,” Adams said.
Michigan certifies election results, making Biden's win official
       
The state of Michigan voted 3-0 to certify the election results, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and dealing a blow to President Trump's legal challenges. Nicolle Wallace discusses the breaking news with Eddie Glaude and A.B.
Imagine if Kyle Rittenhouse was Muslim
       
On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, posted his $2 million bail. My first reaction: Imagine if Rittenhouse was Muslim. Imagine if Kyle Rittenhouse was a Muslim... https://t.co/C8rB4g4XTE — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 21, 2020Imagine if the 17-year-old's name was not Kyle Rittenhouse but, say, Khalid Rehman. Similar questions could be asked not only of Rittenhouse but also of his enablers, defenders and promoters, which applies to the U.S. conservative movement as a whole. It is difficult to come to any other conclusion than that the conservative movement, including the GOP, has succumbed to far-right extremism.
Candace Owens mocks Harry Styles for wearing a dress. Did she forget about Jesus?
       
Owens might find it noteworthy that that’s also why high heels were invented, and why men wore them first. King Henry VIIIPortrait of King Henry VIII, 1537-47, oil on canvas. Henry VIII also had 25 pairs of hose, 23 pairs of girdles and “several bonnets.” The man was a legend. Every Supreme Court judge, everJustices of the Supreme Court. Ken Heinen / U.S. Supreme Court via Getty ImagesWith all eyes on the Supreme Court in the weeks leading up to the election, you would think it would be obvious that the outfit judges wear to court is called a robe, which literally translates to “dress” in French.